Okay, I really didn't intend to do a whole series on Lent. And I'm certainly NO EXPERT. But as long as y'all keep asking questions I'll keep searching for answers.
And Linda, you're right we always need to remember the reason behind the actions. Hence the "Keep Christ in Christmas" among others. This is the job of the pastors and parents. The pastors of each church need to teach the meaning behind the traditions...and the parents need to raise their children, not only to follow the tradition, but also the history of and meaning of the tradition. Every single tradition. I have to say, though, all of the people that surround me, while they may not be able to quote you chapter and verse for each detail of the traditions of their church (I'm not talking just Catholics here) most folks have a good idea of WHY the tradition is part of their practice. As in, most people know that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birthday....but they may or may not make His birthday the FOCUS of their Christmas celebrations. Again, fixing this is the duty of the pastors and the parents.
What I have found over and over is the perception that "it's a Catholic thing and isn't in the Bible anywhere" about many Christian traditions. I held the same belief myself till I started to learn about Catholicism. I held that belief because that is what I had been taught. So, what other questions do you have? Doing the research to come up with good responses to your questions helps me probably more than it helps you!!
Now, in other news. I have 5 nights off starting tomorrow! yipee!! I will do Thesaurus Thursday sometime tomorrow morning as I need my dictionary from home :-)
I also have a Friday Fragments post that I'm working on which is going to be almost entirely pictoral. teeheehee.
So far my LAPS and goals are going well.
We're even getting to where we can understand about 2/3 of what Gator says!
And I found wrinkles!! I'm so happy about that! I'm gonna try to get hubby to take a couple pictures and I'll put up a post next week telling you all about them and why I love them so.
Never forget....... I LOVE COMMENTS!