What I’m giving up for Lent

February 27, 2007 | Conversion |

I am glad to report that I’m finally feeling semi-human. I still have a bad headache and an annoying cough, but it’s such an improvement that it feels great.

Unfortunately Lent has not gone as I’d pictured so far. I’m so disappointed that I wasn’t able to make it to Mass on Ash Wednesday or this past Sunday, but it’s for the best since this awful virus is very contagious.

Anyway, after our discussion about what to give up for Lent, I finally came up with something that feels like it’s exactly what I should do. After praying about it I was suddenly acutely aware of how very immersed in worldly ideas and values I still am: I pick up Us Weekly a couple times a month, always Tivo The Soup and the opening monologue to Jimmy Kimmel Live, love to read the snarky pop culture coverage at Defamer, etc. So, for Lent, all of this is out. I’m also going to avoid Drudge and other salacious news coverage. I’ll check the Zenit headlines on my MyCatholic home page and follow stories that seem important, but that’s it.

Another thing I’m giving up, as I alluded to in my last post, is comments and stats on this blog. Comments will be closed on all posts made during Lent, I won’t read comments that come in to old posts, I have no Sitemeter stats, and I took my site off of my Bloglines feed so I can’t see how many subscribers there are. I want to chronicle my experiences this Lent with no distractions and no preoccupations about which commentor said what, who’s linking to me, how many people are reading, etc.

So, that’s what I’ve given up for Lent. My headache dictates that that’s all for this post. As I feel better posting will resume with more regularity.

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