Is eating what you gave up for Lent on Sundays okay in our faith, or is it considered cheating?  

Since You Asked
Lenten Sacrifices
 
Q Is eating what you gave up for Lent on Sundays okay in our faith, or is it considered cheating?  
- Puzzled
 
A

Dear Puzzled,

Giving up "things" for Lent is not--in the narrow sense--a requirement of faith. Penance, prayer and giving of what you have are recommended for Catholics, indeed all good people. Sundays are not part of Lent--so you would/could be observing Lent very well--and eating--let's say--quite a bit of candy on Sundays. What I have said here makes lots of sense if keeping the rules is your major concern.

But let's say you really want your Lent to be a time in which you grow closer to Jesus, who certainly wants to be close to you. Every time you want to eat a certain treasured something and don't, you can be reminded of all that Jesus has done and continues to do for you. That may prove to be quite a few times Monday through Saturday. Then on Sunday you can be grateful to God that you have an opportunity to taste what you're not eating the rest of the week. In fact, tasting it might even make giving it up again in the following days more of a sacrifice.

Perhaps I've gone in circles here, but that reflects your question. Lenten sacrifice should NOT be playing games with God. God knows how hard you're trying, how significant your resolutions are, your intentions in making them and will bless you in abundance for your efforts. So--is eating whatever you've given up the rest of the week cheating in YOUR book??

I myself often need to begin again many, many times with my own Lenten promises. That beginning again is probably the most honest, truest activity of Lent. At least, I hope so. I'm counting on it!

 

- Carol Ann