Lent 2010

So…Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent 2010.

I like Lent. I need Lent. I haven’t always liked it, but I’ve liked it more as I got older.

And this year, I’m doing something big (for me).

Normally, I don’t give anything up, I add things, like Mass, rosary, more confession. Fasting the way I’m really supposed to. Stuff like that.

But this year, I’m going to give something up: I won’t buy any books.

This is huge for me. I read like a breathe–that is to say, constantly. And in the Grand Scheme of Vices, buying books really isn’t that bad.

But…I went and read this post.

(And have you read her book? If you haven’t, you need to. It’s fantastic.)

Anyway, in the post, she writes this:

if it’s a struggle to give it up, we’reinordinately attached to it.

When we give up an addiction, we say to God, “You are more important to me than this thing. I’m giving it up for You.”

It’s the act of love that counts, but our acts of love often lead to real and positive change. When we offer an addiction for God, we find Him working on our hearts, ridding us of painful, controlling attachments.

And yes, at first glance, not buying books is freaky. I am definitely inordinately attached to my books.

So–I’m not going to buy any. For all of Lent. This will, definitely, help my financial bottom line.

I’m also hoping it helps me grow closer to God. Of course the time I’m not spending on Amazon or in book stores is time I can be doing other, more productive things. Like…prayer. Or vacuuming. (Yuck. I hate vacuuming.)

Anyway, that’s what I’m giving up for Lent.

Read Karen’s post (it’s so, so good. Forget that it’s long. Get some coffee or whatever and just drink it in.), and I’ll have some more Lent stuff over the week, including books (that I already have, thank you) and movies for your perusal.

2 thoughts on “Lent 2010

  1. Karen Edmisten

    Dear Emily,

    Thank you! For your kind words about my book, and also for reminding me to add something to the post you linked to. One year, I gave up buying anything that wasn’t a necessity. SO helpful!

    I hope you have a wonderful Lent this year!

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