Post # 1
What are you giving up for Lent? Do you include Sundays? I read that you should not seek out what you give up but if asked you’re not supposed to turn it down –you’re not supposed to sacrifice on Sundays.
Even going to Catholic school as a kid, I never gave anything up until the last couple of years. Two years ago it was Facebook(I succeeded..did not go on on Sundays), last year it was coffee (that lasted 3 weeks..until daylight savings/spring forward…and my fiance and I would have it on Sundays if we went out to breakfast..bc they asked us).
This year I was thinking of doing Facebook again (along w/ Instagram even though I’m not on much). The problem is it is my industry but I could probably create a professional profile and just use it for that.
I was also thinking of doing more reading the bible or more prayer..I know some churches have some different things for the season
Post # 2
Ugh. Didn’t Christmas just end??
can I give up my New Years resolution?
Post # 3
I’m pretty lapsed so I usually don’t give up too much. However I do try to do some volunteer work and donate money to a few different Catholic charities (specifically a women’s shelter and homeless rehab center). It was always stressed to me that lent was for sacrifice, resisting temptation and reflection. 2/3 hopefully isn’t so bad? Also that’s correct about Sundays: you can’t fast on a feast day!
Post # 4
Last year I gave up snarky websites (like Gawker media types, Jezebel, etc), and if I was snarky/uncharitable toward people I knew, I added them to my nightly prayer list. I’ll probably do the same thing again. I didn’t skip Sundays, because I felt like it defeated the whole purpose if I was struggling to be better and then threw in the towel on Sunday. I would say sarcasm/snark is a big pitfall, so maybe second times the charm for getting rid of the habit forever.
Post # 5
summerbride2016: I honestly do not know what I am giving up for lent. One year I gave up all cokes. That meant no drinking coke for the whole 40 days. I was so addicted to it I had to give it up.
I like the idea of what the PP said about giving to charities.
Post # 6
I’m not sure what we’re giving up yet. You don’t have to give up something, either. Last year I stopped reading novels before bed, but read Catholic readings instead.
We do it on Sundays as well.
Post # 7
I’m actually giving up anything engagement or wedding related haha. I feel like I spend so much time thinking about getting engaged that it’s counterproductive for my life.
Post # 9
I’m not religious and normally don’t give up anything, but just yesterday a colleague asked me what I’m giving up for lent, and when I could not come up with anything impressive she offered a challenge: to give up candy. I love a good challenge 🙂 . It’s not gonna be easy, because I’m addicted to candy and we have a junk food drawer right in our office, but if she can do that, I certainly can.
Post # 10
I have never ever given up anything for lent. I’ve seen friends make a big deal about it and days later cheat. its never taken seriously just like resolutions and I’ve yet to meet someone who follows through.
Post # 11
Last year I gave up candy and fast food, but this won’t do this year as I haven’t eaten either in weeks due to being on a strict weight loss diet – so it would feel like cheating if I used this as the thing I’m giving up for lent. Hence I’ll give up alcohol. I’m not a heavy drinker to begin with, but I love the occasional glas of white wine, particularly on the weekends when I’m in the company of friends or having a nice dinner with Fiance, so I think that’ll do. 😉
I give something up for lent every year and can honestly say that I have never had a major slip, though I must admit that I always grant myself a cheat day on my birthday, as it’s always during lent. No cheating / time off on sundays, though.
Post # 12
summerbride2016: I’m not Catholic but growing up my church was a block down on the opposite side of the road from a Catholic one. Our church has barbeque Fridays and Saturday nights to keep the youth off the street. During lent we got a lent of converts…. I always felt bad during lent that we would have these barbecues. but it did keep the youth in our church from going to ragers and drinking so i know why they didnt stop during lent.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom
I haven’t been able to come up with what I want to give up! Maybe Facebook… with the exception of posting to announce my son’s birth, which should be before Easter! Being pregnant now and on a healthy diet, my usual thing of giving up fast food or chocolate won’t work since I’m not eating them very often. I do not include Sundays, but I don’t deliberately seek out the thing I’m giving up on those days, either. This year will definitely be different for me – since I’m pregnant, I’m exempt from the fasting (both meat abstinence and fasting on Ash Wednesday / Good Friday)!
I think I’ll also be reading the bible. I tried to do that a couple years ago – read a page or two of the bible every night – but I ended up only doing it for a couple weeks. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with it this year. And maybe going to adoration with Darling Husband once a week – one of our local churches has perpetual adoration all year long.
Post # 14
I think the Sunday off is for children. Typically lent meant giving up meat, but I love the idea of not just giving up something you love, but doing something for others (i.e. donating to charity, volunteer work, etc). I think I will try to do something along those lines.
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall
I’m giving up refined sugar this year! SO if it’s not found naturally in a food (like fruit) it’s out. Last year I was vegan for 40 days. It’s hard, but sacrifices are supposed to be hard. I however, include Sunday’s and end on the 40th day which is Palm Sunday.