"I wish I could stay forever this young, not afraid to close my eyes. Life's a game made for everyone, and love is the prize...." You know how much a person was loved when so many mourn their death. It goes without saying that each day is a blessing, and that each life is to be celebrated- especially those who have affected so many for the better.
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lent season- of which is observed by several Christian denominations. A time for all of us to "wake up"- a season of sacrifice, penance, prayer, giving, and forgiveness. Pope Francis would like all Catholics this Lent to "Give up, take up, and lift up". What a wonderful message! Since he has become Pope, he has already made such an impact on the catholic church.
What will you give up for the next 40 days? Honestly, since I committed to losing weight and changing my eating habits, I have already given up a lot! For me, I will be focusing on trying to make myself a better person. ( Like trying not to yell at my kids as much!!) I grew up Protestant, and we never had the "meatless" rules for Fridays, and for the Holy days of obligation. As a converted Catholic, I have become accustomed to this over the years, (as well as the rules of fasting.) Sometimes I still struggle to come up with ideas of what to make for dinner on those days. It's hard when most of my kids don't like seafood, and my husband is a "meat and potatoes" guy!! (Not one for vegetarian options- I made Falafel last year and he still brings up how much he hated it!!) The fasting & meatless rules apply to anyone ages 18-59yrs. (Of course there are exceptions for those with health issues.) Basically, any seafood and dairy/egg products are allowed on fasting days. If you are not one for seafood, I would really suggest eggs, or filling up on beans! (Beans being the healthier option as mentioned in my previous blog!) I will be trying to post some "Lent friendly" recipes in the upcoming weeks. Please feel free to share what you will be giving up, changing, or the good works you may be doing this Lent by submitting your comment by clicking on the orange "comment" above!