Newt Gingrich is giving up dessert. Rick Santorum is foregoing Italian food. Mitt Romney is not giving up anything. He is a Mormon, and Mormons don’t observe Lent.
Lent, most commonly observed by Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians and Lutherans, is a time to fast, pray, give alms and seek repentance. And, it is a time to sacrifice—to give up a favorite habit, food or activity.
Are you giving up anything for Lent? Take our poll, and let us know in comments.
What is the Pope giving up? He hasn’t said but he is tweeting, giving Lenten lessons in 140 characters at @Pope2YouVatican.
Abraham Lincoln won with 40 percent of the vote for the most popular U.S. president. George Washington was chosen by 24 percent of poll respondents. Other presidents came in with 34 percent. Patch readers’ favorites include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower.