Here we are less than three weeks away from Easter and, like so many resolutions that Americans make at the beginning of the year, Catholics tend to give up something during Lent.
The intent is to make a sacrifice of giving up something you enjoy as a reminder that this is not only a religious season but that Lent gives us an opportunity for spiritual renewal. Sometimes Catholics give up certain foods or drinks, or activities that give them pleasure. Others try to stay away from bad habits such as gambling, smoking or other vices. It doesn’t always work, and some non-Catholics wonder why we even try, if after Lent, we fall back to our old bad habits.