Lent Has Lingered

A short time ago, Lent was something I actually looked forward to.

A Catholic convert at the time, I saw the season a a perfect opportunity to deepen my faith and engage with the traditions I found so appealing. Feast days, fast days, the opportunity to wear ashes on my forehead… all of these things are incredibly appealing to the baby Catholic who is just beginning to tiptoe out into a storied cultural landscape. I didn’t understand more seasoned Catholics’ complaints, lighthearted and only half-serious as they were. I looked forward to each turn of the liturgical calendar, but none entranced me more than those two seasons of fasting: Advent and Lent.

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