Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Why does a fallen out Catholic observe Lent?

Another instance of "You can take the girl out of the Church, but not the Church out of the girl."

It's been over 20 years since I've been to a service, but there is still a lot about me that is Catholic.  Kind of hard not to be since I went to 12 years of Catholic school, with REAL Irish Catholic nuns.  I got a very good education for a slacker, and do not regret it one bit.

One thing I still do is observe Lent.  Try to make myself better by giving something up, or limiting something.  This year I wanted to do something that would change my patterns for good, not just change and then Whoo Hoo!  Easter!

I gave up eating after 7pm.  So that eliminates a lot of excess snacking, not planning meals, things like that.  It's worked out pretty well.  I've eaten three times where I just had to eat dinner and it was late.  Oh well.

But I learned a few things about myself in the process, and why I eat at certain times.  Learning and being able to change habits feels good.

Thanks God.