40 Ideas for Lent (2013)
: A couple of years ago I stumbled onto something that I have really liked that I am extending this year. There is a tradition in Irish Christianity of taking pilgrimage to Crough Patrick in County Mayo and hiking to the top barefoot. The last few years I have taken my own "pilgrimage" during Holy Week by going shoeless as a reminder of not only all of those that are denied shoes, but just how hard it is to "walk the walk." It has been a practice that has been very rewarding to me (and a great conversation starter!). It is also always funny to see people's reaction when you are dressed in suit and tie and barefoot. You can watch their minds melt! This year I think that I am expanding it to the rest of Lent. Twice a week I will both go shoeless as well as fast from sunrise to sunset. I am going to have to be flexible about the days of the week that I do this as I have a job...