Lent is do­ing hard time

We’re now in the Len­ten sea­son and lov­ing ev­ery minute of it, right? Af­ter all, what’s not to like? The holy trin­ity of Len­ten sac­ri­fice is fast­ing, ab­sti­nence and alms­giv­ing – three of mankind’s fa­vorite en­deav­ors.

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - OPINION - By Mike Zielin­ski Colum­nist

Well, per­haps not. But we must atone some­how for our sins. We’re all born sin­ners. That’s what we do.

Granted, it’s not all our fault. If Eve doesn’t bite into that ap­ple, we all would be saints pranc­ing around in the Gar­den of Eden.

And there would be no need for Lent.

But we must play with the cards our an­ces­tors Adam and Eve dealt us. Con­sider them to be the first black­jack deal­ers deal­ing out de­struc­tion – un­less we re­pent for our sins.

Lent, by def­i­ni­tion, is a co­coon of re­demp­tion if we pour our souls into in.

I must con­fess that I am not a Len­ten su­per­star.

I never do alms­giv­ing be­cause ex­actly what alms are re­mains a mys­tery to me.

I have fasted at times but haven’t made a habit out it. Hunger makes cow­ards of us all.

A rather ca­sual Catholic, I do ab­stain from eat­ing meat on Len­ten Fri­days. I don’t do this out of re­li­gious fer­vor but be­cause we are taught that if we don’t com­ply our Pills­bury Dough­boy bod­ies will be trans­formed into toasted marsh­mal­lows in the fires of hell.

Even with the specter of eter­nal damna­tion star­ing me in the face, I find re­mem­ber­ing not to eat meat on Len­ten Fri­days to be a real cross to bear. I could blame early de­men­tia, but God knows that’s not so.

I used to give up candy for Lent. I later nar­rowed that to hard candy only.

I used to give up al­co­hol for Lent. I later nar­rowed that to hard liquor only.

This year I am giv­ing up hard work for Lent.

Even with the specter of eter­nal damna­tion star­ing me in the face, I find re­mem­ber­ing not to eat meat on Len­ten Fri­days to be a real cross to bear. I could blame early de­men­tia, but God knows that’s not so.

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