What will you be giving up for Lent?

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What will you be giving up for Lent?
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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 11:22am

I'm still thinking about what I'll be giving up this year for Lent.

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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 5:08pm

Although the popular notion of observing Lent usually involves giving up something, Lenten preparation really centers around *three* main activities: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

Fasting is the giving up part. The only fasts that are required of adults are on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, where we are supposed to eat only one main meal and two smaller ones that together don't exceed that main meal (not much of a fast compared to our Jewish and Muslim friends, is it?!). We are also supposed to fast from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.

Those are really the only "rules." Contrary to popular belief, receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday isn't a requirement, just a custom that helps the faithful start Lent off "right." But there are a lot of things we CAN do during Lent to help us step away from the world and step closer to God.

Fasting is a way of telling our desires and habits that they are not our master - God is - and reminding us to focus on what is really important. Besides favorite foods, other things you could fast from might be: raising your voice; complaining; surfing the internet; watching TV; a particular vanity; attachment to certain possessions or comforts; laziness; etc.

Prayer is another pillar of Lent, and many people go to daily mass during Lent or add certain readings or devotions to their daily prayer. Some people will make it a practice to go to confession every week during Lent, or to say the rosary every day. I found that Lent was a good time to add a new Catholic "observance" in our family when the kids were little, such as a decade of the rosary on Friday after dinner.

Almsgiving is the third pillar. I have heard of people who eat soup for dinner on Lenten Fridays and use the money they save from not eating more extravagantly to buy food for the poor. Or, some people will pray for others secretly or do something nice for someone every day without their knowing it.

Hope some of those ideas help you! I'm going to be talking to my kids about this soon, and I have some ideas of what I will be doing. I know that one of them will be not wearing nail polish - I am very vain about my hands, and I decided last year that would be at least one thing I will do this year. Since I always see my hands, they will be a good reminder of the need to be humble!

Kelly

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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 6:04pm

I love Kelly's response!


Since I've been staying home with the kids (3 years now), it's not as easy for me to come up with ideas.



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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 6:44pm

Giving up and taking up.


I will probably be giving up chocolate, soda, and snacks between meals.

 


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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 6:51pm

I did that one year.

 


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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 7:04pm
I gave up TV for my very first Lent.


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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 9:09pm

Thank you for the thorough explanations... it was exactly what I was looking for :)


I've been wanting to try the daily mass, and this might sound silly, but the bulletin says it is held in the chapel and I can't figure out where that is.

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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 9:14pm

RCIA is going well.

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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 9:33pm

Just call the parish office and ask where the chapel is - don't be embarrassed! There's a church in the town where I work whose main sanctuary is a bit strange (don't ask), but I noticed on their web site that daily mass is said in the chapel, and I had no idea where the chapel was. So I called and asked, and when I found the chapel, I was thrilled - it is BEAUTIFUL - not at all like the big main church. I love to stop in and just sit there when I can. I even took my formerly agnostic friend there with me one time, and he said he could see why I love going there and asked if I would bring him again sometime.

So ask - you never know what you might be missing!

Kelly

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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 9:46pm

I could easily give up TV, too.

 


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Fri, 02-13-2009 - 2:26am

I'm giving up my "girlish figure" LOL

Actually, in all seriousness, I have not contemplated this aspect very much. Naughty of me, I know.

~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.
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