I am officially joining the Seven Things Tuesday series here on OSV Daily Take. My seven things are seven reasons why I just cannot do Lent anymore. We’re through, and here’s why.
- Lent is way too hard, especially on Fridays. I am a self-professed carnivore and only eat fish when someone else makes it. The result? A stomach-growling, headache-prone, bewildered-eyed girl making a rather sad entrance to the weekend every Friday. For 40 days. It’s too much. And besides, how’s a girl supposed to exercise on nothing?
- I am way too busy to spend more time praying, fasting and almsgiving. It’s hard enough giving time to myself, much less other people. I gave up speeding, and I really just need to get places faster — not to mention needing my phone 24/7. No way am I turning it off anymore.
- Going to the store is way too tempting. I cannot handle the eggs, and the jelly beans, and the Peeps, and the chocolate bunnies. It is way too difficult to expect me to withstand the cravings and the pressure.
- Lent is too depressing. Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary every single day and focusing so much on Christ’s passion and death is frankly miserable. I need some resurrection talk.
- I get tired of purple. Let’s be real. We use purple (albeit different shades) for two seasons during the Liturgical Year, both Lent and Advent. With a detour to rose for Laetare Sunday, I cannot stand the thought of going back to dreary purple.
- I keep saying alleluia — you know, that word we are not supposed to really say during Lent. I love the word, and it has already slipped out numerous times. I’m a horrible Catholic. And besides, trying to remember to say “Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ king of endless glory” instead is not happening.
- It’s April 1.
Keep hanging on. We’re halfway there. Have a beautiful Lent.
Jennifer Rey is the web editor of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.