(Closed) What are you giving up for Lent? Do you include Sundays

posted 4 years ago in Catholic
Post # 2
1042 posts
Bumble bee

Ugh. Didn’t Christmas just end?? 

can I give up my New Years resolution?


Post # 3
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

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
137 posts
Blushing bee

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
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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.  

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Post # 6
733 posts
Busy bee

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
12 posts

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
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
1653 posts
Bumble bee

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
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
3174 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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
918 posts
Busy bee
  • 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
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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
911 posts
Busy bee
  • 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. 

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