Western society, especially modern Western Society has gotten too wusssie.
Two Lents ago I attended a talk at Church about how Lent used to be celebrated in some countries, like in the olden, OLDEN days. Basically a lot like Ramadan.
So, as with those two Lents, this one will be milk, meat and luxery food items free. As always it will be hard, long winded and filled with cravings for bacon. :(
I do find it interesting, that a lot of people "give up" things they shouldn't be doing anyway, like swearing. People can live without sweets and cake. I can forgo cake and lollies for longer if I'm on a diet! I also look forward to the customary posts from my friends of: "I'm giving up FB for Lent". I find that so strange. I use FB to connect with friends and family off shore due to time zones and toll calls being too expensive to navigate. How can giving up a method of communication, which might be your only communication with some family/friends be a worth while endeavour? How does that increase your spiritual journey? I'm interested in people's explanations.
Over all, I found it spiritually rewarding. I recommend people try it. Yeah, its hard, there were a few failures along the way, but its well worth it as it pushes you into a greater understanding of what Lent actually is.