Lent FAIL…

… I hate Lent. But then again I suppose that’s the point.

Starting the penitential season in full swing found me hunched over a flat tire in the pouring rain yesterday morning. No one stopped to help. Just as I was cursing all of humanity as heartless bastards a kindly man stopped to help change the tire. I immediately was humbled and felt like a big fat jerk. Nicely played, God.

Every year I promise to give up swearing for Lent, then I have mornings like today where I am half way through my eggs & bacon before I realize it’s meatless Friday. Well, damnit.


So if you are anything like me, God help you if you are, you might still be looking for ideas on what to give up for Lent. A popular alternative is to add a pious or penitential practice to your daily routine in lieu of giving something up… like 40 days of housework, or praying the rosary daily, or being stranded on a cruise ship. Whatever.

Here is a guide with some good ideas for Lenten practices or you could just pray for the Pope every day and try not to dwell on Mahony being able to vote in the conclave. Lindenman is reading the Psalms everyday. I don’t know, I’m sure you can think of something. If you do, let me know.


About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • http://twitter.com/LauraOinAK Laura O’Neill

    You are so not alone. I was trying to decide what to do this year and realized that God already laid it in my lap without my asking… loving and living with a person you’d sometimes wish would go away like forever. Sometimes our vocations present significant challenges that either break us or make us draw closer to God so He can carry us through.

    Good thing He forgives, too. So think of those moments as a time to click reboot, maybe?

  • Kristen

    Yeah, guess who is the queen of helping a kid finish his/her chicken nuggets (after eating her carefully prepared fish) only to realize…it’s Friday! Today I did good though, but that might be the only time for the rest of Lent…

  • Kim Whelan

    Mahony can vote in the Conclave?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Scary, I know.

  • Suzanne Rutherford
  • ArchaicSteam

    I’ve thought for a long time that good deeds for Lent were better than giving up chocolate or something.

    Granted my experience is just based off non-Catholic friends (for some reason Lent sacrifice is popular with my atheist and agnostic friends) giving up something (carbs, coffee, chocolate, shopping etc.) for Lent then driving everyone crazy because they’re so grouchy for 6 weeks. It would be far much nicer if they chose to do some volunteer work or something, you know more goodness in the world than bad.

    I mean it isn’t like they have to give up for Lent anyway, they just do it as a lark.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eugene-Edward-Yeo/1163041810 Eugene Edward Yeo

    I like the Eastern Great Fast. There’s the idea that the fast exists not only to enhance your own spirituality, but to give you spare cash to go give to the poor and do works of good.

  • maggenelizabeth

    You hate Lent? I love it. It is unequivocably my favorite season in the Church year. SO MUCH GRACE. <3

  • Pablo The Mexican

    I give up being nice each Lent.

    It works for me.


  • http://www.facebook.com/caytie82 Cassi Duncan