[quote="Catholictrain, post:1, topic:185343"]
Granted, my friend is not Catholic, but since we carpool, there is a lot of time for conversation. I started talking about what my family was thinking of doing for Lent and my friend stated simply, "I don't do Lent". I didn't know how to respond. I know protestants don't necessarily follow the Liturgical Cycle, but still I think this person would benefit, like we all do, from the voluntary sacrifice of something. I just don't know how to talk about it... maybe I shouldn't.
Anyone else know someone who just "doesn't do Lent" ?:confused:
I was raised Protestant and never observed Lent. About all I knew about it was that some people chose something to give up for a while before Easter, although my family and friends never did. Your friend might just not know what Lent is about, or might think it's a "Catholic thing" that Protestants don't need to do.
I'd recommend telling your friend how observing Lent benefits you, and why you do it other than "because the Church says so."
A year or two ago, it occurred to me that it seemed like I wasn't treating Easter with its due significance, and that Lent would probably help prepare me for Easter better. Still, I didn't do anything about it because I didn't know anyone who observed Lent, and I didn't know how to start doing it. Now, for a variety of reasons, I've decided to become Catholic so this will be the first Lent I've had an opportunity to observe. I'm looking forward to it but I'm not sure what to expect. Maybe your friend will benefit just by seeing how you prepare for and celebrate Easter this season.