The Day After Fat Tuesday, People Observing Lent


Now that Fat Tuesday is over, today marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Many Christians around the world reflect on what they're giving up ahead of Easter.  For 40 days Catholics and many others observe Lent, a time of self-reflection. 

Hundreds of people received ashes at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday. We asked the popular question on Ash Wednesday, "What are you giving up this year?" We got a wide range of responses.

For some it wasn't quite as easy to tell us what they're giving up, but others didn't hesitate at all. "I am giving up soda," said Jewel Wells. Her family added,  "Junk food."

Fats, sweets, and carbs was a popular response. Juno Littles said,  "I just want to have a healthier life, and just stay away from the bad things I shouldn't be eating."

Dick Ansley said, "Because I got to get rid of some weight." Frank Adams said, "Its good for me, I like, but it's something worth giving up." 

In this day and age say farewell to technology and social media this season. "I think I use it too much." said Jo Ansley. Athena Hovin said, "Really it's just a cleansing experience it puts you closer to God, put things into perspective."

Instead of giving something up, others are doing something different. "I am going to go to daily mass and I have a beautiful garden and I am going to do more meditating," said Katherine Johns. Michelle Sayner said, "I am leaning towards different acts of kindness."

In the words of Monsignor Michael Farmer, Lent consists of three things. "Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, just do it and you will go to holiness."

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