Seven Things Tuesday — Seven reasons I’m calling it quits this Lent

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.

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.