How to Grow through Giving Up, Part 1: What is Ash Wednesday?Part 1: What is Ash Wednesday?

My understanding of Ash Wednesday when I was a kid was murky at best. It was one of those weird things Catholics did. In junior high there was a girl in my class who got to leave school, and came back with weird gray marks on her forehead. The cross-like smudge was as meaningless to me as a bindi. I didn’t know what it had to do with her not being able to eat meat, either. Wait! That’s why there are so many Fish Fry Fridays around here?!?  Continue reading…

Should I give up something for Lent? Maybe hot cocoa, or chocolate in general? What is Lent, any way? How to Grow through Giving Up, Part 2Part 2: What is Lent?

As I was finishing last week’s post, I drank a cup of dark chocolate cocoa. With cinnamon. And whipped cream. As I reached into the fridge for the can of whipped cream, I was still thinking about what Lent should look like for me this year. What was I supposed to give up?

Cocoa? I wondered. Continue reading…

Ashes to ashes. Glitter to... How to Grow through Giving Up, Part 3. The problem with glitter ash. Part 3: Ashes to Ashes, Glitter to…

When I started my post on What is Ash Wednesday? for this six-week series for Lent, I Googled Ash Wednesday to verify the date. The top result was the date…. The middle image under “Top stories” was a glittery rainbow cross and the bold, black, uppercase letters: GLITTER ASH

Wait, whaaaat?!? Continue reading…

Part 4: Self-Denial or Self-Punishment

What brought you to the observance of Lent this year? Or maybe you’re just learning about it, and considering.

The question we all need to ask is, Why? Read more…