Friday, January 25, 2008

What are you giving up for Lent?

Let us know in the combox below.

16 comments:

Venite, Missa est! said...

I usually give something up that is a luxury item such as sweets. It was always a sacrifice but a mild one to suffer. This year I believe I will take ON something that will be a true sacrifice of action. I plan on a rosay everynight (I know, I should be already) and a daily reading on the saints.

Venite, Missa est! said...

I usually give something up that is a luxury item such as sweets. It was always a sacrifice but a mild one to suffer. This year I believe I will take ON something that will be a true sacrifice of action. I plan on a rosay everynight (I know, I should be already) and a daily reading on the saints.

Marilena said...

well, iam giving up spending money on things i like, even if they are cheap. i will give it up for lent!

Therese said...

I am giving up sweets and soft drinks. I also will spend an extra half hour in prayer each day.

paramedicgirl said...

Last year I fasted for all of Lent, following the fasting rules of the Church, with Sunday as an exemption. I may do it again this year, but I want to focus more on improving my prayer life, getting to daily Mass, and going to adoration once a week.

ignorant redneck said...

I'm not sure yet--either sugar in my coffee, or penance.

paramedicgirl said...

IR, go all the way and give up the coffee! I did that in 2001 and I haven't drank coffee since.

Feisty Muse said...

I educate my 5 girls at home. Last year we gave up our sattelite television service and commercial radio and never turned it back on. We receive zero channels now but do watch hand picked DVD's several times each week.
This year, I told the girls ages 16, 7, 5, 3, and 10 months, that I would like to give up our messy home. They laughed. But I am serious. Because someone is almost always at home, our house is much less organized and tidy as I would like it to be. It IS our Domestic Church and, as such, I would like it to be peaceful and serene, as I expect our Church Home to be when we visit on Sundays for Mass and through the week as we are able (First Fridays and Saturdays for sure).
So, we are working very hard to tackle the clutter zones in our home and get it neat and tidy before Ash Wednesday. This is harder than one might think but necessary if we are to build the good habits that go along with tidying up after ourselves constantly. We recently took a weekly holy hour in our local chapel of perpetual adoration. Unfortunately, most of the regular adorers are elderly so when the weather gets bad (we've been experiencing our worst winter in about 10 years) the chapel must close.
Dh and I plan to abstain from all meat on Wed, Fri, and Sat as well (we usually abstain on Fridays, or try to... one or the other of us is prone to forgettng).
I will pray the Stations with my girls at least once a week, in addition to praying with our parish on Friday nights. I will also try to pray all three sets of mysteries, instead of my usual one set.
A sky scraper of a tall order but I have learned to begin with the end in mind. If we are even half-way successful in what I have planned, I am confident we will be all the better for it.
In Christ,
Feisty Muse

Shirley said...

I plan on giving up coffee,and hope that , like you, I can give it up for good. If I can talk my husband into giving coffee up for Lent also, it sure will help- no tantalizing aroma in the morning!

Therese said...

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ignorant redneck said...

Paramedicgirl--

I've given up drugs, drunkeness, witchcraft, promiscuity, a host of lesser vices and will do the nicotine patch starting 15 feb.

I'm keeping the coffee!

Karin said...

Lets see, I think this year it will be cigarettes that I give up for Lent (God Willing!!)

I was going to give my the daily pot or two of "joe" but have come to realize that really would be a cruel thing to do to the people I love.

Therese said...

Karin,

I gave up Cigarettes nearly 10 years ago. If you can get through the first 4 days you should find it easier. The first 4 are the hardest and after that it seems pretty easy.

Feisty Muse said...

I have one word for those wishing to give up cigarettes: Chantix! My dear mother quit last May, using this new medication and my dear husband this past Labor Day (that's the first Monday of September for those residing north of the US/Canadian border). My understanding is that medical insurance now covers it but at around $150 for the entire 2 month course (neither Mum nor hubby required the full 2 months) it is a bargain over the rising price of cigarettes.
Give it a whirl!

For Real said...

This year, for Lent, I'm giving up Catholicism.

Athanasius said...

All liquor and beer only at meals, and no Rome or Medieval total war.