I remember when my Mom was alive she used to make these wonderfully delicious fried doughnuts called Fasnacht on Fasnacht Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday. Fasnachts were made as a way to empty the pantry of lard, sugar, fat, and butter, which were traditionally fasted from during Lent.
I haven’t had them in many years. After Mom died, I did make them once or twice. My husband didn’t particularly care for them and I certainly didn’t need to eat the whole bunch so I gave up making them. When we travelled to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania around right before Lent, I would treat myself to Fasnachts as they are served on most of the menus in the PA Dutch restaurants up there.
Today, my little splurge before Lent begins is chocolate ice cream. I stopped by the local Dairy Queen for a quart of chocolate ice cream that I will indulge until I have my fill. What I don’t finish before bedtime will go into the trash tonight.
Although the main purpose of Lent is not to give up goodies, I have always tried to give up something I really do enjoy in the food department.
To be very serious though, tomorrow begins our preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. We have an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with God. We are blessed to have a loving, forgiving, comforting Christ who thirsts for each one of us.
Lent is a time of atonement, penance, prayer, and sacrifice. But it is also a time of reawakening to the love and desire of our God to be in union with us, to strengthen our friendship with Him, and to rest comfortably in His loving arms. I wish you a blessed and happy Lent.
I would like to share a beautiful meditation written by St. Teresa of Calcutta and read by Father John Riccardo. It is just beautiful.