My plans for Lent

My plans for Lent

As a practicing Catholic, I observe the season of Lent. Lent is a 40-day period, beginning Ash Wednesday (March 2 this year) and ending on Holy Thursday (April 14), during which Christians engage in a special level of prayer, repentance, and charitable works aimed at identifying ourselves with the sacrifices of Jesus Christ, particularly his 40-day period in the desert, and to prepare ourselves for Easter.

You probably know that Christians and fellow-travelers often give things up for Lent. In the past, I have given up social media for Lent. I will be doing so again in 2022 so that I can reclaim some of the time, attention, and head-space that social media unfortunately sublimates away from me when I use it.

This year I am especially aware of the negative effects of social media on my well-being. I wrote a little about this here. Since posting that page, I've allowed myself to use social media, particularly Twitter, more and more, and it's not been a net positive experience. Generally speaking, I'm realizing Twitter is not what I want my personal or professional persona to resemble.  So I'll be dropping it, and other services like it, for 40 days – if not more.

This means:

  • I will be logged out of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Reddit from March 2 through April 14.
  • I will not be posting to any of these services except scheduled posts and auto-posts generated by my blog or set up through a third-party service (Buffer). I.e. you will still see content from me but I am not "around".
  • I will not be responding to @-replies or direct messages on any of these services. If you really need to contact me, you can send an email to or use the Contact form on this website.

You are still welcome to contact me if you are interested in having me give a talk or workshop, if you need something or have a question, or just want to say hi.

If you're interested in exploring a Lenten experience of your own this year, I highly recommend Lent with Pope Benedict XVI which gives short daily meditations taken from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's many amazing homilies and writings.