I am not a good Catholic. As a matter a fact, I don’t consider myself religious. Spiritual, yes, but not belonging to one church or any congregation. (Don’t tell Mami.) Still, I believe in some of the Catholic teachings and practices because I grew up Catholic. I went to Sunday school. I was baptized and completed my First Communion and Confirmation. I repeated Hail Mary’s and Our Father’s and still kneel when I see a cross.
That’s why I’ve decided to give something up for lent this year.
I haven’t always followed this tradition. I can’t remember the last thing I gave up for 40 days and nights, or if I didn’t cheat and sacrificed that one thing (maybe it was cursing) for only half the time. But I am serious this year. Perhaps it’s because of what I am giving up.
I believe that a negative mindset is crushing to our body, mind and spirit. I am pretty good at being optimistic. I often always see the silver lining. But I don’t always see the good in my head. I will hold my tongue and not express negativity but still possess those negative thoughts.
Just because I am not verbally expressing negativity doesn’t mean that I don’t complain.
So I have given up complaining and whining and even pouting for 40 days and 40 nights. I am hoping this not so great Catholic becomes a better person because of it.
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