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Giving up sex for Lent

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 22, 2011 | 12:51 pm

In other Lenten news, my GetReligion colleague Sarah Pulliam Bailey has a column in the Indy Star about Christians finding in Lent the motivation to be sexually abstinent for the long haul. She writes:

Sexual abstinence is often viewed as an unattainable ideal, as Bristol Palin said after having her baby, “Everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it’s not realistic at all.” But Lent can offer a window into the possibility of sustained abstinence.

“Lent can demonstrate that we are capable of going without something for a longer time,” says Father Bob Robeson, a chaplain at Marian University. “Sometimes, even if the person goes back to using Facebook, maybe they won’t be as preoccupied with it.”

I had not seen that line from Bristol Palin, and it’s not as articulate as I’d expect from the daughter of such a great American leader.

Read the rest of Sarah’s column here.

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