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The 7 - One Question... - WHat are you giving up/doing for Lent?
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#1 Posted on 1.3.06 0026.33
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It's probably my second-favorite time of the year (with the Easter Vigil being #1). LENT! The title of the thread says it all.

For myself;

- Soft drinks.
- Chocolate milk.
- Ice cream.
- Cookies.
- Fasting and abstaining from meat on Fridays (one meal of plain noodles and a couple of things of bread).
- Maybe fasting on another day of the week.
- Focus on the repentance aspect of Lent.
- Hoping to start praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy once a week.
- Make the effort to go to Mass during the weekdays at least once while I'm still un-employed (FIND OUT TOMMORROW IF THIS WILL BE NO LONGER TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).
- Try to continue praying for the souls of the departed.


And maybe some other stuff too.

EDIT: Update my sig more often to share some trolling love.

(edited by El Nastio on 1.3.06 0810)
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#2 Posted on 1.3.06 0044.15
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Yikes.

I may be eating Filet O' Fish sandwiches for dinner on Fridays for Lent. I don't really do the whole thing- we never really did growing up and I'm not terribly religious any longer.
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#3 Posted on 1.3.06 0737.21
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We'll be doing the fasting and meatless today and on Fridays.


We have a big Lenten Fair on Sunday afternoon.

With three little kids, it's hard to be totally Catholic!
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#4 Posted on 1.3.06 0824.08
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It's Lent? I'm Catholic? Aw, crap!
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#5 Posted on 1.3.06 0844.16
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I'm not Catholic or really religious, but my family and I do the whole "no meat" and "eating fish" routine. That's about it.
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#6 Posted on 1.3.06 0921.46
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Nothing - I'm a heathen.

(at least that's what my mother-in-law thinks)
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#7 Posted on 1.3.06 0922.46
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I'm not Catholic, either...but I love a challenge. My task for lent: is to eat healthy. Yeah...that's going to be a huge challenge, but there's a 10KM fun run I'm going to participate in and I really want to get into better shape and condition for it.

I guess Lent is merely a catalyst in this case.
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#8 Posted on 1.3.06 0933.32
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Lent is not much of a tradition in most evangelical churches, and I am not sure why, I guess. So I have no "giving up" plans. I intend the reflect on Jesus's fasting in the desert and prepare for Resurrection Sunday.

(I am excited to go to Southeast Christian Church's easter program this year - certainly the best such program east of the Chrystal Cathedral - we haven't been for several years, and they're taking a couple years off to retool it after this year. Donkeys and Camels and Jesus rising right through the roof!)
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#9 Posted on 1.3.06 0936.25
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My wie is Anglican, and I observe Lent in solidarity. It's a bonding gesture for me with no religious meaning.

I'm giving up the PS2 and using the game time to hit the gym.
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#10 Posted on 1.3.06 0957.43
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I'm giving up "junk food" (candy, cakes, cookies and chips). I'll do the fast thing with no meat today and on Good Friday and I'll be meatless on Fridays until then as well. I had never known/been told that all Lenten Fridays were fasting days, though as a "CEO" Catholic (Christmas and Easter only) I'm not surprised that I missed something.
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#11 Posted on 1.3.06 0958.47
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This year, I'm giving up soda. Should be fun to see how long I can go.

Back in 2001, I decided to give up being a 'smart' wrestling fan, and stopped spending so much time reading all the news sites and whatnot. Of course, that turned out to be one of the biggest news periods in a while, as Lawler got fired and replaced by Heyman, the WWF bought WCW, and Wrestlemania XVII all fell in (or right around) that time period. I fear for what could transpire if I decide to give that up again...
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#12 Posted on 1.3.06 1005.48
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    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    This year, I'm giving up soda. Should be fun to see how long I can go.


I kicked soda this way: Drink fruit-flavored water instead. As you empty the bottles, fill them again with tap/filtered water and drink all that. You'll get some flavor residue, but it will be diluted. Eventually you'll be drinking plain water. It took me about two weeks to do this.

You can get flavored water cheap at Wal-Mart or Sam's. I recommend Key Lime Water. Fifty cents a bottle.
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#13 Posted on 1.3.06 1016.34
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Yikes.

    I may be eating Filet O' Fish sandwiches for dinner on Fridays for Lent. I don't really do the whole thing- we never really did growing up and I'm not terribly religious any longer.
Yeah, that's because we weren't Catholic.

If McDonald's brings back their $1 Filet-O-Fish on Fridays, I'm all over it, though!
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#14 Posted on 1.3.06 1020.46
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Add me to the list of individuals also giving up regular soda for the duration of Lent (diet soda may still be deemed acceptable, though). I'm also going to avoid meat on both Wednesdays and Fridays; that's been a family tradition for some reason for as long as I can remember.

Other than that, I plan to get back into the habit of going to Mass each and every Sunday. Had a good run last year but unfortunately have missed about 50% of the time so far in '06. That has to change.

And, obviously, I'll get ashes sometime between work and class tonight. Tried to parlay that into a "mini Catholic date" and go with a friend in class but she doesn't seem enthusiastic about going... :-(
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#15 Posted on 1.3.06 1134.54
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I kinda kicked soda and ice cream to the curb about a month ago when I started hitting the gym and trying to eat right here at college. If only I waited a month, I could've been set!

However, at about 1:00 this morning as I was going to bed, I realized I needed to give something up. My roomate suggested chocolate milk- I'm pretty much off white milk now, and I drink chocolate milk for dinner all the time, at home (mix it yourself!) or at college (pre-mixed!). This will be challenging.

And yes, no meat today/on Friday's for me. Unless I forget. Which I seem to do at least once every Lenten season.
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#16 Posted on 1.3.06 1211.37
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    Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel
    I'll do the fast thing with no meat today and on Good Friday and I'll be meatless on Fridays until then as well. I had never known/been told that all Lenten Fridays were fasting days, though as a "CEO" Catholic (Christmas and Easter only) I'm not surprised that I missed something.


Actually, only Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting (defined as having two snacks and one light meal). The other Fridays are days of abstinence (no meat; not what you might be thinking!) but not fasting.

As for me, I'll be going to Mass one additional weekday each week, and my wife and I are going to do a daily devotional together.
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#17 Posted on 1.3.06 1413.55
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Not a damn thing. The entire gesture just seemed empty (going without something for 40 whole days?) and was thrilled to get around the enforced fasting/abstinence a few years ago. Nowadays, my parents (more Mom, actually) respect that aspect.

EDIT: Seems I actually am giving something up. My relationship.

(edited by drjayphd on 1.3.06 2152)
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#18 Posted on 1.3.06 1536.38
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Back in the day meat wasn't ever to be eaten on a Friday year round.

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#19 Posted on 2.3.06 0939.51
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    Originally posted by ShotGunShep
    Back in the day meat wasn't ever to be eaten on a Friday year round.




I thought people like me, AWArulz and dunkndollaz were the only ones old enough to remember those olden golden fish Fridays.
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#20 Posted on 2.3.06 0948.45
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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by ShotGunShep
      Back in the day meat wasn't ever to be eaten on a Friday year round.




    I thought people like me, AWArulz and dunkndollaz were the only ones old enough to remember those olden golden fish Fridays.


Um, Shep just turned 21, if his profile's not lying, so he either read about it in a book or heard it from one of his elders. You guys ARE the only ones old enough to remember.
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