Everybody knows we love Lent here at Lent Madness headquarters. What’s not to love about a season specifically set aside to grow your faith and get closer to Jesus? This year, however, the Lenten love feels a bit more…passionate. We’re not sure exactly why, but it may have to do with Ash Wednesday falling on Valentine’s Day.
This calendar mashup (first time since 1945) has us thinking about ways to share the Lenten love on February 14. Here are some suggestions:
1. Give your beloved some fancy chocolates that will be stale by the time they can finally be consumed after 40 days and 40 nights (you did give up chocolate for Lent this year, right?).
2. Put on sexy sack cloth — you just never know when the mood will be right for some penitential action.
3. Use ashes for mascara before heading out for that romantic dinner.
4. Write cards with cute messages like “Roses are red, Violets are blue, I’m a worm and no man, and you are too” and “Be my Valentine but first, let’s say The Great Litany together.”
5. When you receive a dozen long-stemmed roses from your beau, immediately stomp on them and scream, “No flowers during Lent!”
6. When kneeling to receive ashes on your forehead, ask the priest to draw a heart instead of a cross [Editor’s Note: If the priest actually complies, never darken the doors again]
7. Rather than enjoying a bottle of fine wine with your Valentine, suggest heading over to church to share a common cup of communion wine.
8. Speaking of which, lipstick on your collar? How about lipstick on the chalice.
9. Looking for some mood music? We suggest dimming the lights and queuing up a little “40 Days and 40 Nights.”
10. If you’re in the market for that perfect piece of jewelry, don’t forget: “Every Kiss begins with Krucifix.”
However you decide to spend February 14, please do visit your local church. Ash Wednesday helps to put our entire lives, not to mention the season of Lent, into context. And that, friends, is a good and joyful thing.