Okay, let me begin by saying that I have not converted to Catholicism. But about 6 years ago, my crazy sister April announced that she was "Lenting", meaning giving up something during Lent. For all you other non-Catholics, Lent is observed during the 40 days preceding Easter and starts on Ash Wednesday, the day following Mardi Gras. It is a way to commemorate the 40 days that Christ spent in the desert fasting during which time he was tempted by Satan, as well as other 40 day periods of time observed in the Bible. I thought it was a grand idea...something that could put thoughts of the Savior more prominently in my mind everyday, as well as a way to master myself. So I've Lented just about every year since. Two years ago I gave up soda for Lent with Tony's boss!!
Now, all my Catholic friends laughed at me when I told them that I was "Lenting." Apparently, "Lent" is not a verb. We should give up something FOR Lent. But for convenience, April and I still just call it "Lenting." This year, I'm Lenting chocolate. Should make Easter all the more enjoyable. And a big "thank you" to my Catholic friends for sharing a piece of themselves with me!