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Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, a Christian tradition of 40 days of giving something up.
A few years ago I spoke with a Catholic friend about Lent. I asked her what she was giving up. Her answer: “I’m not telling you.”
That stuck with me. So I too am not telling you, at least not as a web broadcast.
Not sure how much a stickler I’ll be to this. I’m such a pushover when people ask me about stuff. So if you ask me in person I’ll probably tell you.
The overall principle to me is that our practice, any practice, and especially a religious one that is fraught with purpose and meaning… if it’s worth doing (in this case, refraining from doing) there should be some visible fruit. So I hope there’s some fruit, as far as strength of character or peace or something, that’s visible in the thing Dana & I have agreed to practice for Lent this year.
This Coldplay reference is because Vancouver radio station Cfox.com hosted a poll for what people are giving up for Lent. The runaway leader so far: Coldplay.
The morning team was joking that Coldplay is the Nickelback of the UK.