Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Let's Give It Up For........Lent!

One of my favourite journalists, or 'an old hack' as he describes himself, Stuart Reid, has this to say in the current issue of the Catholic Herald:

'Blimey. Can Lent really be upon us again? Yes, it can. How time flies when you are old and unemployable....'

The man obviously reads this blog.
Did I not say the very same thing last Pancake Tuesday? I knew there was a reason I liked him.

So, I have eaten the last of the chocolate, I have put all the ribbons in the right places in the breviary to pray the Divine Office each day and I have rooted out the Lenten reading plan entitled 'Forty Days with the Church Fathers'.

What fun.

(Although how you are supposed to get through the Church Fathers without a bit of chocolate remains to be seen).

And then I saw this at Crazyacres...........

..............a Lenten de-cluttering challenge!

What a marvellous idea. Getting rid of a bag of rubbish a day during Lent. And because it is Lent there is absolutely no excuse for getting fed up halfway through!

At Crazyacres, Mary Poppins (Not) is hoping for 'more detachment to stuff and that some personal growth will take place'.

My aim is slightly less spiritual. I'm just hoping to be able to walk into a bedroom without the threat of something crashing down from atop a wardrobe.....

Here's the link if you want the rules.


SMS said...

This idea is growing on me...we could do with some de-cluttering in this house. I don't know if I'll manage 40 but Bag No 1 has begun!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

What a great idea! I am giving up early morning computer time in order to pray and read the Bible more but I would like to attempt this as well.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Well I am a lapsed Catholic but maybe I will try and give up a negative thought each day and chastise mydelf for thinking it in the first place then replace it with a positive thought instead!

Miss Ellen E. said...

Good luck with your Lenten effort. By coincidence we've received 3 charity bags in the last week from different charities collecting 2nd hand clothes etc. This after months of not receiving one. Maybe they know that lots of people will be taking on this challenge for Lent! :)

Re the ribbons in your breviary, maybe one of my Lenten 'extras' should be to invest in a roll of sellotape and stick in all the loose pages in mine! :)

Working Mum said...

Will it count if I throw out stuff from daughter's room? Or is that not the point?

Daryl said...

I assume we cant toss out our husbands?

The Bookworm said...

Good luck! I started the trash bag challenge a bit before Lent. Five bags the first week, two the second, none so far this week. Ah well, I guess falling, picking oneself up and starting again is a Lenten thing.

puzzled said...

Great idea! And, as always, a great post!

Amrita said...

Thank you for an inspirational start Jackie. I have tons of trash to dispose of.

I bought a very good book to read during this season. Its called Finding Calcutta, by Mary Poplin.

She writes how working with Mother Teresa changed her life.Maybe I will do a review of it on my blog after I have read it

marylea said...

Love this idea, and love the humorous tone of this entry. I will enjoy hearing your thoughts in the future. So glad I stumbled upon your blog today. God bless you and have a great Lent.

ChrisB said...

I'm always late for everything but I like this idea and I have been getting himself to clear out his study so that's a good start!

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