Forty Days


“Why did she give up wine for Lent? Polly was more sensible. She had given up strawberry jam. Cecilia had never seen Polly show more than a passing interest in strawberry jam, although now, of course, she was always catching her standing at the open fridge, staring at it longingly. The power of denial.”
Liane Moriarty, The Husband’s Secret

Is it possible for forty days to transform your world.

Lent, the Christian tradition of fasting, prayer and good works starts Ash Wednesday March 6 and ends Holy Thursday April 18.

For me it means.

Goodbye to chocolate chip cookies.

Goodbye to chocolate chip, banana muffins

Goodbye to chocolate mint ice cream.

Goodbye to swearing at drivers.

Hello to increased prayer life and meditation.

Hello to being a kinder, more understanding person.

At this time of year I often reflect on forgiveness and reconciliation.

Society needs to rediscover the art of forgiveness, penance and reconciliation. Social media is deeply into shaming politicians, celebrities and others on perceived past misdeeds.

If a person has offended someone’s sensibilities, should they suffer for the rest of their lives or be forgiven after a suitable time and allowed to move forward with their lives.

Have we become such an unforgiving society.

Can forty days transform your world.

Why not give it a try.

16 thoughts on “Forty Days

  1. I am a little bit of a lost Catholic myself. I left the institutional church when the child abuse crisis hit a number of years ago. I considered myself a cultural Catholic. But my grandchildren go to Catholic school and have dragged me back in.

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