Oversleeping means spending more than nine hours in bed.
Taking the number one spot in our list of Lenten sacrifices is oversleeping and eating meat and sweets.
Part of the Filipino Lenten traditions is having a night vigil on Black Saturday, and waking up at early morning for Easter Sunday mass. Observing these rituals means getting less shuteye, a sacrifice which compensates for those times spent oversleeping for the rest of the year.
Oversleeping is defined as spending more than nine hours in slumber. Adults aged 18 to 64 only need seven to nine hours of sleep, according to a research from the National Sleep Foundation. To avoid oversleeping, experts recommend going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends. By doing so, you’ll have enough time for reflection even before your busy day starts, which can add meaning and purpose to your life.
Lent is also one of the most popular times to go meat-free. The reason for that this is that in the olden times, meat was more expensive and was thus reserved for lavish feasts. This was not the case with fish. Since it was considered less decadent, fish became to being associated with Lent, when the faithful are called to make sacrifices.
In a predominantly Catholic country, restaurants even have Lenten specials to accommodate this seasonal change in people’s dietary requirements. Catholics aged 14 to 60 are obliged to abstain, or refrain from eating meat. Since sweets and dessert items are indulgent, foregoing them requires discipline and can also be a form of penance, especially for those with a sweet tooth. However, if you failed to observe a meatless Friday (except during Good Friday and Ash Wednesday), the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines allows you to make up for it by doing acts of piety or acts of charity instead.
It can be challenging to give up things or activities we love or are used to doing. But focusing more on the lesson behind the experience rather than the discomfort helps us to have a richer spiritual life.
What did you give up for Lent? Let us know in the comment section below!
Results are based on the Top 10 Things You're Giving up for the Lenten Season posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from April 3 to April 9, 2017.