Mallory McDuff

LENTEN MEDITATION: Why I’m Committed To Lent by Mallory McDuff

March 3, 2017

In Fairhope, Alabama, I grew up in a family of six where giving up something for Lent was an expectation, not a choice.  A few days before Ash Wednesday, the dinner conversation revolved around one question: What are you giving up for Lent? As children, we sacrificed the usual suspects of chocolate, chips, ice cream, and TV.  When my brother Laurence gave up TV one year, he walked backwards through the living room with his hands over his ears to avoid confronting the television screen with its Saturday night lineup of Love Boat and Fantasy Island. My parents gave up indulgences like alcohol and meat, and then several years later, they became tee-totalers and vegetarians.  I just feel better without a headache after a party, explained my [...]