I’m hoping someone may be able to correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve been seeing a trend lately in the different Catholic articles, presentations, etc. that state the topic loosely, “Don’t Just Give up Chocolate for Lent.” This has really been bothersome to me. I find it not only rather judgemental but erroneous. Sure, focus has gone more from giving up during Lent to doing good, but we do what we have the strength for.
You don’t know where others are on their faith journey. You dont know their level of courage or systematic way of their faith. They may be struggling at the end of their faith, trying to hold on and that’s all the strength they have to give. Or they are trying to return to the faith and that is the anchor they remember from when they are young. Everybody that is on a faith journey is unique and the person walking beside you may not be as strong. "Just giving up chocolate " may be one person’s “widow’s coin” and that’s all they can give.
Lots of worse things in the world to worry about, I know. Please tell me it’s presented with good intentions and I’m taking it the wrong way.