Today, having a free day to study for our next Catechism essay at home, we followed the venerable English tradition of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, glutting ourselves in preparation for Lent. Ewa told us that in Poland they have Greasy Thursday on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, during which they have doughnuts instead of pancakes. She doesn't know why it's on a Thursday though - does anyone else?
The essay we're working on is about a particular paragraph in the Catechism concerning our life in Christ. There St. Paul says, 'for me, to live is Christ.' What a beautiful statement! In his encyclical Veritatis Splendor Pope John Paul II says that Christ is the 'living and personal Law' which fulfills the Old Law through a complete gift of self. So don't give something up for Lent because you have to - do it for love of Christ!