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According to Wikipedia: The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, alms-giving, atonement and self-denial.

We all know what it means but seem to have forgotten what it really means… Sure the fasten and all that may seem like an incredible huge challenge, even more so for a Sommelier and wine lover like myself. And the 40 days seem like a bloody eternity to me. Not speaking about the food we have to cut back… But lets face it, is it really that hard? If we put our minds into it and acknowledge what life is giving us every single day we should be able to pull it off. Don’t you think? We take everything for granted and have stopped appreciating what lies in front of our eyes, especially the most mundane things, like food and wine for instance.

“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” Pope Francis

So what luxuries are you giving up for this Lent? I would love to hear it, no matter how small or big the challenge!