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What Did You Give Up For Lent?

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of Lent. Now I'm not too familiar with this Catholic practice, but I do know that Fat Tuesday is considered the last day one can commit a sin while Ash Wednesday signifies the start to a 40 day penance where one gives up a vice until Easter Sunday.

I've had friends give up chocolate, soda, even French fries for Lent, but tell me, what have you committed to expel from your life for the next 40 days?


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
it's not Catholic practice, it's Christian practice which is very different. you can't limit this just to one tiny branch of Christianity. Please don't make this mistake again, I look up to you as a smart person and this just makes me think you're incompetent.
moviexgeek moviexgeek 8 years
mcdonalds. i eat out too much and because mcdonalds is cheap i eat it the most. it's making me make a sandwich at home more often. i'm hoping it will do something for my weight as well.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i have cut out soda. i drink it too much and i think 40 days will help me forget it for good :) oh yeah & impulse shopping. i've put a block on all my bookmarked shopping sites online! so far so good!
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
For Lent this year, I gave up the scale. I spend far too much time agonizing over the numbers on the scale and about how I look in the mirror, and I'm letting myself fall back into a bad pattern. I'm using the time to remind myself to think better thoughts. I'm also a team captain for Relay for Life for the first time and I am getting more involved with my catholic campus ministry by helping to restart my school's chapter of the catholic students association. =] I didn't realize people counted not eating meat on Fridays during Lent as "giving something up" - I just also saw that as a rule to be followed in addition to giving up something.
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
Sex. Is that bad?
bbkf bbkf 8 years
Nothing; I'm not religous.
mkvamme mkvamme 8 years
Alcohol and cigarettes. I'm also going to church every Sunday and stations of the cross every Friday. I'm not just doing these things for forty days though. The point of Lent is to work on removing things from your life that take you away from God.
ibte ibte 8 years
I haven't given anything up in a couple years. Lent to me is about reflecting on myself and what I can do to be a more spirtual person and be respectful of others. I try to do this every day not just during lent.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
*forgot (I give up. My spelling is sh*t today,lol.)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
* "I do NOT follow this tradition..." (Geez, I forot the most important word in the sentence,lol.)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Nothing; I do follow this tradition. Though I should give-up junk food...
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
I'm Catholic, and I usually don't "give up" anything, since that usually is just an excuse for people to go on a diet! Kind of messes up the meaning of Lent when you do that, I think. I used to do that, so I think it's sometimes better to do something instead of give up something (go to church every week, volunteer, etc).
skinnypig skinnypig 8 years
Ever since I was 12 or 13, I have given up something for Lent regardless of my family not ever doing so. I don't know what urged me to be so independent about it from a young age, but Easter is my favourite holiday of the year and I really enjoy the fasting/self reflective component which comes before the holiday. I have always given up meat and sugar (fruit is ok but that's it) until last year when I became vegan, so now it's just sugar. So hard though! I cemented the whole thing by going to an early Ash Wednesday service at my local church. Now I gotta last!
lilegwene lilegwene 8 years
I am not giving up anything, but going to pray more and try to be a nicer/more patient person. First test... in-laws visitng this weekend :P
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
NOTHING! *Evil laugh* More pancakes for me! :D
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 8 years
Well, I just left the catholic church last week (finally....) but as a kid I remember that most of my friends (catholic country, most people do lent) either didn't watch tv or didn't eat sweets. Of course, that's the stuff that their parents encouraged them to do but it may not be that bad when kids actually have a motivation to stop with these things for a while...
chaumeout chaumeout 8 years
Is this New Year's Resolutions take two? Haha giving something up for 40 days is pointless, all or nothing baby.
mehollowell mehollowell 8 years
Facebook! It is really hard.
Amandaletta Amandaletta 8 years
ahh sin sin sin sin...don't worry...I'll enjoy all of these things for you while you deprive yourselves! I've been making my own ice cream lately and I'm on a roll!!!!!!!
watereatsrock watereatsrock 8 years
Candy and Soda
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
Soda :( It's been hard already
Lavinie Lavinie 8 years
candace87 candace87 8 years
I am not religious, but I like the challenge of giving something up for a while. Unless all you people saying 'OMG ITS A SPIRITUAL TIME IT MUST ONLY BE USED FOR PRAYER' don't give presents for christmas then don't preach. Christmas isn't about material things, its a celebration of Jesus' birth. I will go ahead and give something up just because I feel like it, not necessarily for 'lent' but just for myself. I was raised Catholic, I know all about lent, I am just not religious and would rather give something up as a personal challenge.
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