Lent, a time to reflect
By Emma Palova
EW Emma’s Writings
Lent is a spiritual time of reflection for 40 days before Easter observed by Christians around the world. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday, April 18 this year.
It is marked by the color purple and fasting. On Lenten Fridays, Christians should abstain from meat and excessive drinking.
One of its traditions are Lenten soups served by many local parish communities such as The Franciscan Life Process Center. The following soups, donated by the area restaurants, will be offered on Lenten Wednesdays:
March 20th Cannonsburg Catering Potato Soup Dilly Bread Cannonsburgcatering.com
March 27th Applause Catering Broccoli Cheese Oatmeal Bread Applause-catering.net
April 3rd G RCC Culinary Program Beef Barley Cinnamon Bread http://www.grcc.edu
April 10th Vitale’s Ada Minestrone Extreme Garlic
With its deeply embedded traditions, Lent has inspired many of my stories and writings. My favorite soup, not only for Lent, is Mediterranean lentil soup with lemon and turmeric.
Excerpt from “Shifting Sands: Secrets”
Amora decided to further think about a night walk under the moon in pursuit of a glimpse of the giant silk moth.
In the meantime, she would do some research about the luminous winged wonder, and find a clock that wouldn’t be as noisy.
Worse even yet in the cottage living, you couldn’t release any stink either; like frying a fish on a Lenten Friday or on any Friday. Being a good Catholic, Amora made sure she never ate meat on Fridays. Unlike Margot, who both ate meat and drank on Lenten Fridays, Amora stuck to her acquired routine.
Undisciplined Amora had to build up her routine like a bee flying from a wild flower to an order trapped in her own beehive.
“Are we going out on Friday, Amora?” Margot asked when they were gossiping on the balcony.
“We shouldn’t,” Amora said. “It’s Lent. You should know that, you’re Irish.”
They decided to go anyways to the old Irish Pub with dubious reputation in downtown. They settled at their favorite table in the corner.
“Will it be the usual two Killarneys for the ladies?” asked the waiter.
“Just one,” snapped Amora. “It’s Lent.”
“For you, mam?” the waiter looked surprised at Amora.
“No, for her,” Amora pointed at Margot.
“Slainte,” Margot smiled at the waiter. “That’s cheers in Irish.”
The waiter brought the reddish beer and a glass of water full of ice. for Amora. Margot disciplined herself and ordered fish and chips like Amora.
“At least it’s cheap,” Margot said eating her chips. “Tell me all about him.”
“Who?” Amora was shocked.
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