The other day a friend of mine, a devout Catholic, told me that he could not leave comments on my ‘Next Pope’ posts right now because he had given up Facebook for Lent. For a second I thought he was joking. Pulling my leg. But, he wasn’t.
I genuinely was taken aback. Seemed sacrilegious. Truly like a joke. Trivializing something that Catholics used to be quite serious & earnest about.
As some of you know, despite all my pope-related endeavors, I have never been a Christian, let alone a Catholic. I was born a good Heathen & I am now a Reformed, Born-Again, Heathen.
But, over the years I have spent much time with Catholics. One of my wife’s was a Catholic — & my two eldest kids were baptised & confirmed. One even went to a private Catholic school. So, I know a bit about Lent.
Giving up Facebook really does not strike me as much of a sacrifice.
So, today, I went looking to see what people are really giving up for Lent these days. I was staggered. I was shocked. Social Media heads the list.
Sacré ‘bloody’ bleu! What has the world come to? Wow.
I really am shaken.
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