Growing up a bad Catholic, I was encouraged to give up something for forty or forty six days during Lent. Drinking, gambling and Whoppers were always options, but I chose to give up swearing one year. The former three were just incomprehensible.   I F–ed up the second day regarding the swearing.  I was forgiven on the next day.

One of my best friends is a Lutheran.  Lutherans celebrate Lent and abstinence somewhat different from Catholics.  Other than ashes, I asked him what he is giving up on this year.  He replied, “My Marriage.”  The papers are being filed as I write.  I guess guilt is not an acquired taste for Lutherans.  God Bless them.

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