March 26, 2010

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Let us give Lent back to God

What happened to our Lenten observance? It is six weeks long, and should be observed for six weeks.

Nowadays, we observe Ash Wednesday much like a holy day and then nothing until Holy Week.

Lent used to be a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We did chores for the sick and elderly of our relatives and neighbors. The children gave up candy, movies and dances.

The whole family attended Lenten devotions, especially the Way of the Cross. Families gathered together each evening to pray the rosary and other prayers. What happened to the expression, “The family who prays together stays together?”

This Lent, it seems the focal point is the fish fries each Friday. We have very little mention of what Lent is all about.

We are at a point in time when our country needs prayer now more than ever. Why not, as we are preparing for Easter, say some extra prayers for our country?

We have all year to party, socialize and attend sporting events. Why can’t we give at least the six weeks of Lent back to God?

- Al Scheller, Elizabethtown

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