Nowadays the black fast is done away with but Lent is still meant to be a time of making a decision to spend more time thinking about God and preparing for the feast of Easter. Easter is the big feast of the church and we need time and effort to get ready to understand and prepare for what it is about.
As we go through Lent we should think of Jesus and his life and what his life means to us. It is also a time when we reflect on our relationship with God and through that we reflect on our relationship with others.
Do we go off something for Lent or do we decide to do something positive such as spend 15 minutes a day reading scripture. Going off is actually easier because we always choose something that is not too hard to give up and probably does us good anyway.
Committing to something is different as it usually requires effort and discipline. Committing ourselves to look at Jesus and our lives in a more deep and thorough way is one of the best thing we can do in Lent. Perhaps we could slip in a Mass during the week or go to a visit in the church.
There are many ways to make Lent real! Choose the one that requires a bit of effort and find out how serious we are about the spiritual life!