Do you take Sundays “off” during Lent?
Sundays aren’t counted in the 40 days of Lent because they are solemnities, or holy days of celebration. We commemorate the Resurrection on Sundays, the eighth day of the week, so “when the bridegroom is present, the guests cannot mourn.” We do not have to observe our Lenten penitences on that day.
However, I feel like letting up on the fast on Sundays can have two negative consequences:
- It reduces the challenge, since doing something for six days isn’t exactly in the same league of self-discipline as doing it for six weeks.
- It tempts me to overindulge. When I used to give up eating between meals, I’d eat all day on Sundays. Sweets? Sugar binge! For me, self-control works best “all or nothing”.
Please don’t interpret this as Katie disagreeing with the Church. I’m just saying it’s something to think about – for each Lenten promise you make to the Lord, you should decide at the beginning whether or not you’re going to “rest” from it on Sundays or not.
I was going to check in on Twitter today, but I was conflicted because I don’t usually blog on Sundays, as a day of rest. Then when I do get to “work” after the kids are down, that’s when I need to focus and not be distracted! So another week will go by before I see who’s tweeting about me – no small sacrifice as I know I had some Mentions and DMs on account of Tweetdeck still telling me all day Thursday and Friday even after I closed the window! Hubs reminded me to say a prayer every time I was reminded of what I was missing, and that helped.
I’m a total *fail* on corn, soy and unsoaked grains! I forgot about the grains Friday and ate Goldfish, pretzels, and store bread. After I realized I should check the ingredients on the snacks at Friday mornings group, I found corn sugar in the pretzels and soybean oil in the Goldfish. I stopped eating them, and only later realized that the grain thing would have knocked them out anyway!
My biggest surprise? There’s corn in my cottage cheese! I have to use only Daisy brand cottage cheese and sour cream because all the other brands have more fillers than real ingredients. I never realized that! Although one of my points in giving up corn and soy was to learn what they’re in, I very disappointed and didn’t want to know this one. !!
On the positive front, I’ve gotten into the Scriptures catching up on some back Bible study reading and learned even more (although not every day), and I’ve had some nice time with my children. I only missed one day of greeting the Lord in the morning. I hope He doesn’t mind that I only have about three brain cells firing at that time of day, enough to say, “Hello, Lord. Please help me get through this day and be a good mother!”
How are your Lenten promises going?
Still wanting for inspiration on the perfect Lenten sacrifice? I am encouraged by the amazing posts linked at the “What are you Doing for Lent?” Carnival, still open for linking up if you have a Lenten post lying around.
Hallee has a great post describing what Lent is and origins in Scripture.
**Remember you can see me speak next Tuesday at the second of two discussions on “Just Food” at the Catholic Information Center. February 23rd and March 2nd from 7-8:30 pm in downtown Grand Rapids.
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