(Closed) What is everyone doing for Lent?

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 2
826 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m giving up sweets for lent.  All types of desserts, chocolates, etc.  I’ve done this a few times in the past and I always end up feeling really good at the end.  You go so long without sweets that you don’t even crave them anymore.  It’s the extra motivation I need right now to stay on track with my health.

Post # 3
1260 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Got this idea from a friend: every day during Lent, put something you don’t wear or use anymore in a garbage bag to donate to Goodwill. Then, by Easter, you’ll have 40 items to donate! (Obviously works best if you aren’t an extreme declutterer). 

Post # 4
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I stopped giving up things a few years ago. I really enjoy the lent season, and found when I gave something up, that loss (most of the time, chocolate) became my focus.  Now, I use the time to reset and focus on myself –  eating better, exercising, drinking more water.  Read blogs and letters and books from people whose thought processes and experience are different from my own. Because I know doing those things make me more thoughtful, patient, and kind. Usually durning lent I really make an effort to attend stations of the cross, mass on ash wednesday, holy thursday, and good friday.   And for outward stuff, I try to volunteer at least once, doing something that I normally wouldn’t do.  

Post # 5
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Last year, I gave up french fries – which is a big deal for me; I LOVE french fries.

This year, I’m giving up Amazon shopping. I’m so lazy, and it’s so convenient, that I buy waaaaaay too much stuff on Amazon. Already today I’ve thought of 3 things I’d normally just buy without thinking on Amazon. I’m hoping it’ll help me save money and prioritize what I actually need to buy.

Post # 7
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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emapples :  I was having a hard time too! I usually like to DO something instead of give up something, but this year I am giving up chips, making it a point to get to church every Sunday (I know this should be a given, but sometimes I make excuses not to go) and I am going to make it a point to pray every morning when I wake up and every night before I go to bed instead of playing on my phone. Last year I wrote a handwritten letter to all my loved ones and I really enjoyed that and highly recommend it! 

Post # 8
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I am giving up icing/frosting/glaze, any extra sweetness, since is usually my favorite part of dessert.

I also like to add something, so I’ll be choosing three chapters from the catechism or bible to read every day.  I’ll start with the sections relating to weddings/marriage, so that my Lenten journey can provide me understanding and strength while on my wedding planning journey! 

Post # 9
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Like others, I’m having a hard time finding something to give up, but trying to focus more on something proactive that I can do to change/better myself. This year, I’d like to spend time each day focusing on the positives and complaining less about the negatives. This really applies to work for me as things are really difficult right now with new management and structural reorganization – it’s easy to complain about all the changes, so I’m going to try to be proactive and embrace something good that can hopefully come out of all this. 

Post # 10
8992 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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emapples :  this year I’m just remembering to skip meat on Fridays. I’m not the happiest with the Church right now and can’t bring myself to get into the spirit of the season. 

Post # 11
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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soontobenoone :  I love this idea of writing a note to your loved ones! I think I may add this as a practice during my Lenten season.

I’m not Catholic, but I usually add something and remove something… this year I’m going to (attempt) to do the minimalism challenge where each day I get rid of something, based on that day number. So Day 1, I donate 1 thing. Day 2, 2 items. Day 3, 3 things… and so on. 🙂 It’ll be hard once I get to day 30-40, but we’ll see how far I can get! 

Post # 12
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Not giving up anything, but I am going to get into God’s word more!

Post # 13
836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

The last couple years, I’ve been giving up sugar and added sugar. It’s really hard and makes grocery shopping a nightmare (you wouldn’t believe what has added sugar…) but it gets a bit easier each year. Really it’s just a few weeks of making food from scratch, which is essentially what I have to do!

Post # 14
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

I’m doing a couple things! I’m giving up playing Pokemon Go since I’ve been kind of obsessed with it lately. I’m also trying to eat healthier and exercise more – just take better care of myself. As a family, we’re planning on reading from the Gospels at least once a week and attending the soup & stations activity at our church on Fridays. We’ll have to skip this Friday since we have to get ready for DS’s first birthday, but we plan on going to all the other ones. 

Post # 15
2678 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I’m giving up energy drinks. Hopefully for good and not just 40 days since I know how bad they are for you!

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