I know this is completely missing the point, but indulge me for a moment: if you’re supposed to give up something you really love for Lent, then shouldn’t priests and nuns and all really religious people give up God, and praying?
It was just a thought.
It never worked on my mother when I tried it, anyway. Along with all the other things I unsuccessfully suggested giving up for Lent, like liver, drinking water (am I the only person alive who hates the way it tastes? AND IT DOES HAVE A TASTE, DAMMIT…) and practising the violin.