The Wilderness of Lent: Duane W. H.Arnold

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  1. Linn says:

    Duane-I really appreciate your explanation of Lent. I grew up in a neighborhood where lots of my friends were Catholic, and would frantically talk about what they had to give up for Lent-bubble gum, comic books, a certain TV program. As I got older, there were kids in the neighborhood who would commit petty (sometimes not so petty) crimes on Friday, and then go to confession on Saturday so that they could participate in the Eucharist on Sunday. It just seemed to make a mockery of Christianity (although I wasn’t a true believer yet-that happened when I was 16, and I became part of a Baptist congregation with two ordinances-baptism by immersion and communion). Then, came my 7 years in South America with “let’s get all our sin our of our system during carnival so that Lent would be easier”, which seemed to further cheapen the season.

    Your explanation gives history and reasoning behind the season. I will explore it a bit more. I have always taken time for contemplation during the Easter season, but that may be expanded more this year.

    Also, a church in my area had a big sign out that said “drive thru ashes.” That, i thought was slightly disrespectful of the season.

  2. The New Victor says:

    D11 told me today that their mother gave up yelling at the kids for Lent, and that S14 was challenging her patience. There’s so much wrong there that I don’t know where to start.

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