What are you doing and what are your giving up for Lent?
Though the practice of "giving up" something for Lent came to be looked upon with some derision after Vatican II for its "negativity," the practice of doing something "positive" for Lent probably never took as firm a hold on the Catholic imagination. It strikes me a little like the now abolished mandatory abstinence from meat on Friday which was to have been replaced by something else of a penitential nature. Really?
Positive, negative, giving up, doing...the age old trinity of fasting, prayer, giving alms never truly went out of style and is still the proper attitude for Lent.
What are your Lenten plans and practices? Let us and others know by taking our recent survey. We'll also be posting a few great books for Lenten reading - both classics and by contemporary writers.