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.