So I started looking for people who are making sacrifices for Lent last week.
The Living staff has been bantering about it and telling stories, so it seemed like a natural story. After all, Lent is a pretty big deal to many Christians.
So I tapped my usual channels for seeking sources… And came up pretty dry.
It seemed almost as though people didn’t want to talk about it — pastors or parishioners. Now I just did a story about how busy this time of year is for pastors, so I didn’t think too much of it.
Then I came across this Michigan newspaper, which drew the ire of readers by asking on Facebook what they were giving up.
And this morning, I read newly minted Cardinal Timothy Dolan claiming that “you’re not supposed to tell!” what you’re giving up.
Dolan was joking, I think. As a neophyte religion reporter, I ask in all sincerity, did I commit a faux pas by asking about Lent sacrifice?