Have you ever Googled something, and there was…nothing? I was trying to explain what a little Easter was in a post I was writing, so I thought I would read some articles for inspiration. And, nothing. Nothing of real meaning, at least. So, I’m going to make this short and sweet – just in case you were wondering.
Update: Meg wrote this awesome post that explains it all so well. Go here. Read hers.
What is a little Easter?
So, each Sunday throughout the year is considered a little Easter where Catholics are supposed to celebrate the Resurrection in some way – Mass being obligatory. Lent is no exception to this rule.
What does it mean for Lent?
Lent lasts 40 days, but this does not include any of the Sundays during this time period. Catholics who are required to fast (yes, some are not, like children) are asked to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ by breaking their fast on these days. Some people might call it a cop-out. They ask, “Why can’t you give up your sacrifice for the entirety of the season?” But, the Sundays are not included, and we are actually asked to indulge a little as a reminder of the good that is to come. Don’t blame me. I don’t come up with stuff this good.
Ways to Celebrate little Easters in Lent
So, what can you do on Sundays during Lent? Perhaps you gave up a favorite food or drink: have a little. Don’t go overboard. Do it in moderation. Maybe you are praying for a certain person or cause each day. On Sundays, pray for your own needs and your own spiritual growth (God is not bound by time; he remembers your intentions throughout the week!). Are you doing a service project each day or each week? Spend Sunday with your family and let yourself relax. The important thing is to remember the reason for your small fast break, and don’t use it as a reason to throw caution to the wind and give up.
So, short and sweet, that is little Easter. Did I forget anything? Oh, and I should mention, I did find one thing online that I thought was worth passing along. It’s right here.