Abstinence Unattainable

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

While I’m pleased that I was able to not only receive ashes but to also attend mass last night someone brought up a relevant point that I’d completely forgotten about.  Giving something up for Lent.  I’ve tried several times in the past to forgo eating chocolate, my absolute weakness but by the third or forth day my indulgence for cocoa entirely takes over my abstention and I feel consumed with guilt.  Same thing goes for Starbucks coffee.  Last year I tried telling myself I could go forty-six days (the actual amount of days which begin on Ash Wednesday and last until Holy Saturday including the 6 Sundays) without it but by the second week my intense craving for White Chocolate Mocha overpowered my fasting and there went my religious observance.

 

So this year I decided to not even try to forbear from something I really enjoy in terms of edible substances since no matter how hard I try I always end up losing my willpower thus feeling remorseful afterward.  No more!  As long as I adhere to not eating meat every Friday until Easter Sunday which I probably won’t anyway, attend church and don’t commit any mortal sins which I have no intention of doing then I think I’m OK.  At least I hope so. 

 

Now that Lent is this particular of topics I question whether or not people who refrain from something they truly enjoy during Lent such as smoking or giving up sweets can really last the duration or give up after a certain amount of time due to extreme hankering of their weakness such as myself.  For some it’s easy to restrain themselves from what they take pleasure in be it drinking alcohol, watching television or even swearing and I commend them for that but for someone like me it’s almost impossible since I have an absolute sweet tooth which coincides with me drinking my coffee from Starbucks.  I know for a fact that many people who give up something for Lent won’t be able to follow through for the entire time due to their strong desire for what they’ve been depriving themselves of whether it’s food, nicotine, social media or a multitude of other things they have an extreme affinity for.  And if you really think about it what’s going to happen if someone can’t or doesn’t desist from something?  Are they going to be struck down as form of punishment?  Better yet what about those who do in fact give up what they really like?  Are good things going to come to them as a result?  Well, maybe but at least I feel a tad better now.   

 

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