Lame or Not?
Every year, it's the same discussion, do we continue to abstain and practice our Lenten sacrifice on the Sundays of Lent. Is this an East Coast thing? When I converted to Catholicism nearly 15 years ago we lived in the Southwest and I never heard of Sundays not really being a part of Lent. Eight years ago we moved to the DC area, and many of our family friends let us in on this little custom. The belief is Sundays are little observances of the Resurrection and Catholics are not supposed to make penitential sacrifices on Sundays, they are supposed to celebrate, therefore, Sundays during Lent are not part of Lent (Lent is 40 days long, but if you do the math, from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday is 46 days, remove the Sundays and you have 40 days of Lent).
I have always thought this idea was completely lame. I mean, if you're going to make a sacrifice during Lent, MAKE A SACRIFICE! Is it really that difficult? Anyhow, this year we made a compromise, we left the decision to observe Sundays of Lent with sacrificial penance a personal choice, rather than a family devotion. Some of us are continuing to give up our desserts, etc., on Sundays, others are not. I guess some of us are just holier than others and have greater will power--hopefully ya'll know I'm just kidding :-)
What do you think, is this tradition silly? What does your family do on Sundays during Lent?