Post # 1
Since a Lenten promise is meant to be a sacrifice (something difficult to give up or something necessary, but difficult for you, to do), I thought it might be a good idea to have a Lenten “accountabili-buddy” thread. Here, we’ll share our Lenten promises & inspiration for them, share how we’re planning on keeping them, & help our fellow believers (of any Lenten following faith) keep these promises (perhaps with tips on how we have previously kept the same promise we see others post).
For those who wish to keep their Lenten promises to themselves, do NOT feel obligated to post & please refrain from telling others not to post. This is meant to be a thread of understanding and support, not judgment…please be supportive if you’re posting here.
With that said, my Lenten promises are:
- Limiting carbs to 1 serving a day (Since so much of the world suffers from food deprivation, I want to empathize by giving up my most consumed food – can’t completely give it up for health reasons – I get migraines without some carbs)
- Being early/on-time for EVERYthing (Luke 12:40)
- Make time to pray everyday (MAKE time to connect with God on a daily basis, not just at mass or when I need/want something)
What are your Lenten promises? Why these promises? How do you intend to keep them? Any tips for helping me with mine?
Let’s share & help each other keep our promises…
Post # 3
1. Say morning and evening OR Night prayer daily
2. No spending money on possessions or un-needed necessities. this includes “luxury” foods
3. No Procrastination – this will be the hardest!
Post # 4
I’m not Catholic but I do usually try to use lent as a time of self-reflection and betterment. I think my goal for this lent is to be a more patient and kind person. I think that I am really nice generally and to my friends… but I would say a major flaw of mine is lacking patience with strangers. (I’m that girl tapping my foot if you are arguing with the cashier about a $0.20 coupon). I think I just really really need to work on giving EVERYONE the benefit of the doubt and being as nice to strangers as I am to my loved ones.
Post # 5
like corgitales above, im not catholic either, but lent has always been a time of self reflection and improvement. so for me i will strive to avoid excess – in food, drinking, gossip everything. its one of my flaws that i dont know when to stop sometimes. I will make a concious effort to control my urges when it comes to things that i do NOT NEED.
Post # 6
1. Giving up chocolate. I always try to give up some food related item that I really like.
2. No cussing. I have developed a real potty mouth lately and I think it is time to start acting like a lady again.
Post # 7
I am giving up chocolate again. oh boy. I did this for Lent about 10 years ago. I’m not Catholic, but I feel that this is important for me to do.
@ futuremrsreed = I’ve found that having some substitute when the chocolate cravings get to be too much seems to help. For me, it was gummy bears. I think this time around I’m going to keep some of my husband’s dried apricots. Good luck!
Post # 8
Welcome Non-Catholics & Catholics alike! IMO, self-reflection & improvement is a great use of Lent.
@maisymay: great tip about the substitutes…I’m thinking I’ll have some almonds & dried cranberries handy whenever I’m craving my carbs. Thanks!
@KLP: don’t know if you were looking for a tip, but, with prayer, I’m trying to have a visual reminder so that whenever I see it, I’ll say a prayer right then. Today, I chose specific part of the median on my way to work – it’s particularly garden-y & looks peaceful, like a perfect spot to pray. When I see it tomorrow, I’m hoping it will guide me into my morning prayer. I’ve also decided to carry my rosary in my purse during this Lent. When I brush against it or spy it while searching for something in my purse (a daily occurence), I’ll be reminded to pray.
Let’s start Lent off strong, ladies!
Post # 9
Thanks, I meant doing “liturgy of the Hours” Morning/evening/night prayer though 🙂 I have a breviary App on my iPhone so I can do it anywhere regardless of if I have the book with me.
Post # 10
I don’t like to limit my foods, although I do refrain from meat on Fridays.
I’m giving up the computer after 7pm. I’m on it all day. You’d think I’d be able to cope without it at night 🙂
Post # 11
Along the lines of Corgitales above, I need to work on being a more patient and understanding person in general. My job requires compassion on demand for 8 to 10 hours a day, and sometimes it’s very hard, especially after working all day long at it, to continue be patient and kind to others, including my loved ones.
I’d also like to break my horrible over-eating habit. If there’s food, I’m there with a vengence. Not only do I forget that there are so many people that don’t have that luxury, it’s horribly unhealthy. I don’t want to think of it as a means to an end (weight loss) but as a strong way to turn over a new leaf in how I respect myself.
Post # 12
Hey, I’ll join! My Lenten promise is to limit my internet useage time to one hour a day. In the last few months, I think I’ve seriously upped my useless internet time to maybe four or five hours a day. With all that time spent on random searching and “entertainment”, I think other areas of my life are going to suffer. So, instead of spending all that time doing nothing, I’d like to rededicate myself to some of the activities I haven’t been doing (like enjoying the outdoors, spending time with my husband and dogs, and spending time reflecting spiritually/in deep thought).
Also, my church has weekly services for praying the rosary, and I’d like to start attending. I went all the time during college and really enjoyed praying with the rest of the congregation.
Post # 13
I like this post Ms. Pascua!
For Lent, I typically try to sacrifice something that is difficult and also try to change my behavior.
Until 2 years ago, I used to be a major morning person. Then I began a terrible habit of being late to everything, especially work. I am making an effort to get to work early every day. I also have a job where I work long hours and volunteer a lot and have many social engagements that seem much more appealing than working out. I’m trying to make myself work out at least three times a day, preferably before work so I don’t have any excuses.
Spiritually, I am preparing for my upcoming marriage and becoming a wife and partner. I am going to try to attend weekly confession on Wed. nights and read the daily Bible readings for reflection and prayer. I’m also going to try to incorporate some of the recommended reading on our marriage preparation’s website into my reading list.
Post # 14
1. To pray and give thanks at least once a day
2. Give up fries
3. Give up chips; love tortilla chips 🙁
4. Go to mass, I’ve been so bad lately about missing mass and when I do go I enjoy it; getting there is the hard part with all the wedding craziness going on.