How's Your Lent Going?

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How's Your Lent Going?
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Thu, 03-12-2009 - 7:40am

This board has bee so quiet, so I thought I would ask how everyone's Lent is going? How are you doing with your sacrifices and offerings?


I'm doing well. As you may remember, I gave up my evening glass of wine and so far, so good. I also have renewed my commitment to daily Mass and with the exception of last Monday when it was snowing pretty heavily, I've made it each day.


Last week, the kids' school had a beautiful Lenten prayer service which I attended. They did a really nice job.


So, how are things going for you?


Michele

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Thu, 03-12-2009 - 1:37pm

This has been a good Lent for me, so far. Well, up until I got an awful stomach virus Monday night - I've been a little out of it since then.

I gave up sweets and salty snacks, and I've done very well with it. This is the first year where I haven't had moments of feeling like a toddler ("BUT I WANT IT!!!") with respect to giving up those things. I really do feel liberated from my tyrannical cravings, and it does feel like freedom.

I also gave up most of my non-work-related internet usage, and that's been harder. I do find myself clicking on news articles I told myself I wouldn't. But again, I feel a sense of freedom that I'm not clicking on things just because someone sent me a link or they happened to be on the front page of Yahoo or MSN. I feel like I've gotten back control of my own mind. I don't miss it either, for the most part.

I haven't been quite as good at substituting reading the NY Times every day, though I was doing better before this virus felled me.

I gave up wearing nail polish, and the change has been interesting. I find that I'm less concerned with my appearance overall. I don't expect that to last past Lent, though. My job does require that I care about my appearance.

And I was very faithful to my morning & evening prayer times until this virus came along. Tomorrow I think I'll be back to it completely.

I tried taking my kids to Stations of the Cross last Friday. What a disaster! My 8yo DS has never been that bad in church since he was 3yo. My daughters thought it was interesting, though. My 16yo is taking a class in Suffering & Death at her (Catholic) school, so we had a good conversation about it, and my 14yo thought it was "soul-cleansing."

The kids are doing pretty well with Lent. 8yo DS gave up his video games, and DH is doing a pretty good job of making sure he doesn't sneak in computer activities that look suspiciously like video games. 14yo DD is keeping her room clean, and actually recognizing the benefits of it (including a reduction in DH's merciless teasing about the condition of her room). 16yo DD gave up being mean (LOL!) and said she's failed just about every day, but she's trying.

Kelly

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Thu, 03-12-2009 - 6:57pm

Lent has been going fairly well here.


I gave up chocolate, soda, and eating between meals.

 


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Fri, 03-13-2009 - 12:53am
I doubt I'm anywhere different than when this started. I have expanded into maternity pants, thereby giving up my girlish figure. I have yet to figure out what my mission for this Lenten season is. I have been helping my brother a bit, and kept his daughter last Saturday. She went to Mass with us before I took her home. If my brother's auto shop had actually even started on his car repairs when originally promised, he would have been able to come get her instead, and made mention of going to Mass with us "for some mental clarity and away time". I can sense he feels a void and knows exactly where that void can be filled the right way, it's just a matter of working up the courage to do it. In well over 10 years, my brother has only gone to Mass in memoriam of Mom's birthday with Dad, and for Mom's funeral 3 years ago. In conversation I told him that his life (filing for divorce, potential for single parenthood), and his body (injuries) are telling him to change jobs. As soon as he can get his car back from the shop, he's planning on going after his GED, a lack of which has been holding him back for a number of years. He can run a successful business, but without even a diploma or GED far too many with job openings won't even give him a first glance. Outside of the issues with my own teenager, I think my brother and niece are getting most of my prayers. I just have to remember that I have to leave all of them in God's hands, and it's not easy to do.
~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
--old Irish blessing

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~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your
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Mon, 03-16-2009 - 9:40pm

Yes, definitely THANK YOU for starting