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Marking International Women’s Day and Lent

It seems fitting (even if only serendipitously so) that today, the day before Ash Wednesday (and thus the day before Lent) is International Women’s Day this year — and not only is today International Women’s Day, it’s also the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. I didn’t know about this date alignment, but it’s quite appropriate in light of my plan for marking the 40 days of Lent.

Every day of Lent I will post a statistic from True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah Meroff.

If the connection between this book and International Women’s Day is unclear to you, I hope it becomes clear as the days unfold.

I’m doing this to:
• participate in the suffering of others,
• weep with those who weep,
• mourn with those who mourn,
• partake of the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, and
• keep my sin (in this instance: turning a blind eye to this injustice) ever before me.

I’m a relative newcomer to observing Lent (and the rest of Liturgical calendar, for that matter). Maybe this is a nontraditional way to observe this season of reflection and repentance; then again, maybe it’s not.

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