Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. It is the start of a 40-day liturgical season which ends on Wednesday. It has long been a tradition in the Catholic Church, and it is thought that the tradition of the 40 days recalls the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, fasting and being tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-11). Lent is considered a time of penance and discipline.
I grew up as a Catholic and during the season of Lent, me and my sisters would always think of a sacrifice for the 40-day period (except Sunday) – from not drinking softdrinks, not eating chocolates, etc. evolving to much deeper sacrifices as we grow up (like ————).
It’s fat Tuesday and I am thinking of what I can possibly offer as a sacrifice this year. Until one friend cracked a joke in a chat. ”
J: “You are so addicted to running. Why don’t you fast this lent”
Me: “40 days without running! Crazy…crazy idea…”
I signed out.
I took the joke seriously and really discerned about it, discerned for a few seconds. Yes! A discernment process faster than any running world record.
And, it’s a big no! No way!
I am going on a 40-day journey this lent…40-days of training!!! (a really serious one)
And every stride will be offered to His glory. (I think God accepts compromises) =)
This Lent though, I have decided to cutdown on my internet hours and spend more time on reading books. Now, let me go to my bookshelves and account for the books I started on but didn’t finish. One book per week? Wish me luck!
anyone who wants to go on a retreat this weekend? (for those running @ century, no worries. I think you can leave to race. Warmup from antipolo to fort? (cool ah, or lsd there).
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