You might be sitting on the train wondering why the guy next to you doesn't realize he has a forehead full of ash. Or perhaps you can't for the life of you figure out why Carol from accounting gave up her morning coffee run. Every year around this time Carlos flakes on the regularly scheduled office happy hour--why? Your neighbors mysteriously head out every Thursday night with their bibles and rosaries in hand; have they joined a cult?
It is Lent ~ the season a lot of Catholics dread. We have to give things up, go without meat on Fridays, give until it hurts, and beg for forgiveness.
If you are not a Catholic and wonder why we do what we do...here is a brief tutorial highlighting the grief we endure each and every Lent.
We suffer for forty long days and nights in order to celebrate come Easter Morning...here is the explanation of the days between Mardi Gras and Easter Monday in a nutshell...