Keeping a True Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent; the beginning of the Easter season. Yesterday was Fat Tuesday, and I have watched with my usual dose of irony the Mardi Gras celebrations that have been ongoing all around us. And that has gotten me to thinking.... Traditionally, Lent has become a time of abstinence. In fact, the fasting that is one of the primary observances of Lent actually pre-dates the practice of Lent itself - the early church fasted intensely for two day