Giving Something Up During Lent
While it is not mandatory to give up something during Lent, it is a popular, beneficial, and encouraged activity. We may choose to fast from something (such as a favorite food or activity), make more time for prayer, or increase the good we do in the world. Parents and caregivers may choose to require their children to do so in order to encourage their spiritual training and growth.
These practices strengthen us spiritually to live in a holy way to the best of our ability. This is much like how training, weightlifting, and practice strengthen an athlete to perform at the best of their ability. Remember, we're called to be saints, and nothing less! And in our quest to be saints, to be the holiest person we can possibly be, these practices strengthen us to stand up against temptation and persevere in holiness.
Traditionally, these practices are suspended on the Sundays of Lent, in order to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord in a non-excessive way.