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Published on February 14th, 2018 | by sligoadmin

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Abstinence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

A surprising amount of Irish people have turned their back on the tradition of Lent.

Beach

Every year around this time people publicly declare that they are going to deny themselves treats or devilish pleasures in order to prove how pious a life they lead. In reality the woman giving up chocolate cake, sweets and chips is just changing her diet in order to get “beach ready”. She’s just saying she’s doing it for religious observance but the reason is a purely selfish one.

Sick

How about the man who’s giving up pints of the black stuff for lent – perhaps he’s just sick of waking up with a hangover every other day or he wants to have some more money left in his pocket at the end of the week. And then what happens when St. Patrick ’s Day arrives – is he allowed to break his “fast” for the day ? But seeing as it falls on a Saturday this year shouldn’t this really be for the weekend that’s in it.

Wans

And then there’s the auld wans and auld fellas who snipe and moan and complain that “young people these days don’t know how good they have it. They don’t know what it all means and they don’t know what’s good or bad for them.” They should give up complaining.

This year I’m giving up Lent for Lent.


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