Pope Francis’ Guide to Lent: What You Should Give Up This Year

Learn to love again this Lenten season. Fasting from indifference, and perhaps more importantly from the vicious drama that so often is social media, may just be the key to the joyous and fulfilling life so many of us (not just Catholics) are seeking. Take a step out of your box and give up the negative things that are dragging you and your writing down. When Easter arrives you might just discover your career has been resurrected and reborn in far better ways than you ever imagined.

TIME

Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day and season has a surprising modern appeal. Priests and pastors often tell you that outside of Christmas, more people show up to church on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year—including Easter. But this mystique isn’t reserved for Christians alone. The customs that surround the season have a quality to them that transcend religion.

Perhaps most notable is the act of fasting. While Catholics fast on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays during the Lenten season, many people—religious or not—take up this increasingly popular discipline during the year.

MORE Here’s What People On Twitter Say They’re Giving Up For Lent

But Pope Francis has asked us to reconsider the heart of this activity this Lenten season. According to Francis, fasting must never become superficial. He often quotes the early Christian mystic…

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