We are a bunch of heathens in our house. A catholic education (chosen for its proximity rather than its faith) has had little effect on my children, if anything it has strengthened their disbelief. However, the church year has a strong resonance for me. Doing a thing because it is the right time to do it, doing that thing as an expression of spirituality speaks to me of a balanced life, a deliberate life whether it is a life of faith or not and that is a positive thing. I may not believe but I embrace the opportunity lent brings for reflection, restraint and silence.
But mostly I embrace the opportunity it brings for eating pancakes. Religious festivals with food attached are my favourites. So later this evening we will be tucking into the pancakes I made this afternoon. Rolled up with sultanas, sugar, butter and lemon juice. Meanwhile Katie is complaining about having to sit through an Ash Wednesday mass tomorrow.
My March read for The Year in Books is A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor. It's my first Elizabeth Taylor and so far I am enjoying it.