Frank's theory is, "Whatever your significant other gives up, you kind of give up too," because no one wants to be the jerk noshing alone on ice cream while your spouse casts you baleful glances of envy. (Not that I would ever do that...) So this year we're trying to decide on penances together. We'll see how that goes!
If you're in the same undecided camp as we are, I rounded up a few resources to give you some ideas:
Simcha's list of Lenten rookie mistakes
Kathryn shares How to make Lent 40 days of awesome
Kendra has the greatest list of 66 Things to Give Up or Take Up for Lent (in beginner, intermediate, and advanced)
I laughed over Catholic Vote's 40 things you should give up for Lent
Aleteia has some nice suggestions for Last-minute Lent
And in case you want to try a really
These are just a tiny handful of all the great articles out there. What are some of your favorite resources to prepare for Lent?
Have a great Fat Tuesday! We'll be enjoying classic Polish paczki (pronounced punch-key) at our church's Mardi Gras party. Confession: I've never actually had paczki before, but it seems to be a pretty huge deal here in Chicago! What do you and your family do to celebrate Mardi Gras?
From the archives
2013: Ash Wednesday without a pope
2012: "Catholic identification day"