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Taking the sin out of Lent

Friday, March 11, 2011; 6:24 PM

Despite its appearance on the March 5 On Faith page, G. Jeffrey MacDonald's report on the latest trends in Lenten observance was decidedly secular ["Lent gets 21st-century makeover"].

He listed many traditional and creative practices (boosting social commitment, abstaining from meat) and reasons for these practices (personal health, respect for the environment). Fine and well.

But consider: A few among us commit crimes. Many make mistakes. Even I admit to an occasional error. But has sin gotten such a bad reputation at Religion News Service that it is now, even in times considered the worst and in some circles the lowest, unmentionable?

Coilin Owens, Alexandria

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