Do you participate in Lent? Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten period, in which people fast or avoid certain types of pleasures. The tradition lasts for 40 days, and imitates the 40-day fast that Jesus Christ dedicated himself to in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-2).
According to the Restored Church of God, the purpose of Lent is to prepare Easter, when Jesus was resurrected. The fasting process purifies an individual from sin and selfishness so that total focus can be given to God and prayer on Easter.
Pope Francis suggests giving up our indifference to others for the Lenten season. In his annual Lenten message, he proclaimed: "Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor."
While Pope Francis gives up indifference for Lent, our office employees have their own ideas about what to give up this season:
Anacia, Legal Intern- "I'm giving up pork, social media, and shopping."
Ursula Remy, Attorney- "I gave up social media, drinking anything other than water, fried food and sweets in general."
Cheyenne, Case Manager- "I'm giving up soda and sweet foods."
Tiana, Marketing Assistant- "I'm going to give up comparing myself to others and just focus on myself."
Thomas, Legal Intern- "I'm giving up anything that distracts me from my schoolwork, and refocusing on my studies."
What are you giving up for Lent? We would love to hear about it!
Coye Law Firm
Sources: https://rcg.org/articles/ttmol.html, http://time.com/3714056/pope-francis-lent-2015-fasting/
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