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What to Give Up (for Lent)? The List
NC Register ^ | February 16, 2010 | TOM HOOPES

Posted on 02/16/2010 4:03:10 PM PST by NYer

It is important to give things up for Lent. Some pastors rightly warn some congregations about the wrong approach to Lent. It isn’t a spiritual bodybuilding contest … you aren’t supposed to do astounding things in Lent so you can look in the mirror and flex your spiritual muscles.

But you are supposed to regain some control over your life. As St. Paul says, for some, their god is their stomach. If you’re in that boat with me, let’s cast away that idol.

The public recently learned that Pope John Paul II went to great lengths to practice mortification in order to leave him freer to love God more. That’s what you and I should do, at our own level. If there’s something in your life that you can’t imagine possibly being able to give up … that may be just the attachment that you need to sever.

But always do it by adding something: More prayer, more Mass, more frequent confession, etc.

And so … the list!

Ideas for Adults

Fasting

• Fast with one full meal, no snacks one day a week.

• Skip meat an extra day (or two) a week .

• Give up alcoholic beverages. (Except in social situations; then you get just one!)

• Give up coffee (or reduce to one cup a day).

• Give up all desserts.

• Give up all unnecessary shopping.

• Fast from music in the car.

• Fast from talk radio.

Prayer

• Begin (or begin again) the daily Rosary.

• Meditate for 10 minutes a day (get a Magnificat to follow those).

• Choose one extra devotion per week during Lent: Stations of the Cross, Eucharistic adoration or a weekday Mass.

• Read a book on the Life of Christ. For example:

Alban Goodier’s The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Fulton Sheen’s The Life of Christ

Frank Sheed’s To Know Christ Jesus

Romano Guardini’s The Lord

• Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s 74-page section on prayer. (Section four; less than two pages a day!)


Almsgiving/Charity

• Visit a nursing home with your children.

• Forgive someone and patch things up in a visit, or, if necessary, by phone or letter.

• Give up gossip, judging or profanity.

• Find one “act of forgiveness” to make every day: A driver who cuts you off, a co-worker who annoys you, a shopper who cuts in line, a store clerk who is rude or a family member who ignores your needs.

• Say a kind word to everyone you meet.

• Pay a significant compliment (or more!) to each of your children every day.

• Offer to watch the children of a new mother one day a week throughout Lent.

• Visit an elderly friend or relative.

• Save up a significant amount of money for a deserving charity or apostolate.

For Children and Teens

If none of the adult ideas work for you, try:

• Do chores without complaining

• Draw pictures of Holy Week events.

• Restrict your TV, Internet or music time.

• Restrict your phone time.

• Send a letter or picture to a grandmother, aunt or Godparent.

• Make a new friend outside your “crowd.”

• Be a friend to a shy person.

• Give up that bad place, person or thing.

• Choose a favorite toy, book or piece of clothing and put it away until Easter.


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Prayer
KEYWORDS: 1tim47; catholic; lent
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1 posted on 02/16/2010 4:03:11 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Go ahead ... grow the list :-)


2 posted on 02/16/2010 4:03:44 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

No condiments (ketchup, added salt and pepper, bbq sauce, etc.)

Free Republic only on Sundays (which are not part of Lent)


3 posted on 02/16/2010 4:05:09 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: NYer

**What to Give Up (for Lent)? The List**

Or add to your schedule — for example

Private prayer time when it is quiet during the day

Join a scripture study group

Join a faith sharing group

Turn off the TV


4 posted on 02/16/2010 4:10:16 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Thanks for posting this...

The First Four Days of Lent
These days serve as an introduction to our Lenten journey. Before we begin the first full week of Lent, we have a powerful set of readings about our Prayer, Repentance, Almsgiving and Fasting. We place ashes on our foreheads and learn about the meaning of death and life. Over two days we pray over the powerful challenge of Isaiah 58. And Jesus reminds us that he is inviting us to a “change of heart.”


5 posted on 02/16/2010 4:15:10 PM PST by TaraP (*GOD* made love so strong, so it would carry you all the way home.....)
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To: NYer

Sweets and/or caffeine.


6 posted on 02/16/2010 4:15:11 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: NYer

How about repent from a real sin like jealousy, envy, or slander? Jesus said that is what comes inside the heart of man that makes him evil.


7 posted on 02/16/2010 4:15:46 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I’m giving up dieting!


8 posted on 02/16/2010 4:16:11 PM PST by Humvee (Beliefs are more powerful than facts - Paulus Atreides)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

THis is the biggest challenge for me...

Food (Fasting) I can do somehwhat easy...Cake and Coffee YIKES....

I will give up the cake and limit coffee intake...


9 posted on 02/16/2010 4:17:11 PM PST by TaraP (*GOD* made love so strong, so it would carry you all the way home.....)
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To: DarthVader

I’m not going to curse my family members when I find their dirty socks balled up in the laundry basket, and I will pray for them while I empty their pants pockets, again, even if it would serve them right if all their important documents went through the wash ...


10 posted on 02/16/2010 4:17:16 PM PST by Tax-chick (Sarah Palin is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.)
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To: Tax-chick

LOL. I think I need to do that one too!


11 posted on 02/16/2010 4:18:23 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

At some point, you just have to give up and try to turn it to spiritual advantage.

Someday, they’ll go to Basic Training, and then they’ll get what’s coming to them ...

Except my husband, who went to Basic in 1983, but it wore off.


12 posted on 02/16/2010 4:20:23 PM PST by Tax-chick (Sarah Palin is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.)
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To: Humvee

Our church went on a 21 day fast at the beginning of the year. One of our teens said she was fasting health food. Lol! My kids fasted sweets or sugar of any kind. I did several different things. The first five days I was on a liquids only. Then only fruits and veggies (sometimes called a Daniel fast). Then only fresh fruits and veggies. Then no meats and finally I went to fasting two meals a day. I also didn’t have sweets or caffeine during the whole 21 days.


13 posted on 02/16/2010 4:20:44 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Tax-chick

That is a good one. I read a book once where the lady made a habit of thanking the Lord that she had a husband to pick up after every time she had to pick up after him.


14 posted on 02/16/2010 4:22:19 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: NYer

Someone please point to the place in the Bible that says things have to be given up for Lent....any help would be appreciated...Thanks..


15 posted on 02/16/2010 4:24:16 PM PST by Ecliptic
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To: DarthVader

He also said, “This kind [of demons] is not cast out but by prayer and fasting” Matthew 17:20.


16 posted on 02/16/2010 4:25:08 PM PST by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: NYer
I give up Free Republic for Lent each year.

See you on Holy Thursday. :-}

17 posted on 02/16/2010 4:25:58 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

That had to be fiction. There are no such women, here.

parsy, who if he ever looks again, will try Central Europe, and girls who are both religious and hungry


18 posted on 02/16/2010 4:26:12 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: parsifal

Wasn’t fiction. She was making a choice to appreciate having a husband even when she didn’t appreciate what he did. I learned alot from that book and my hubby is better off for it! Lol!


19 posted on 02/16/2010 4:29:01 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: parsifal

I said “I learned alot from that book and my hubby is better off for it!”

Speaking of that I may need a reread! :)


20 posted on 02/16/2010 4:30:29 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I am so glad somebody is happy.

parsy, who has had to dodge too many cast iron skillets in his life


21 posted on 02/16/2010 4:31:37 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: NYer

Alcohol....wish me luck, I will miss my nightly glass of vino!


22 posted on 02/16/2010 4:33:45 PM PST by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: DarthVader

These were included in the list.

• Forgive someone and patch things up in a visit, or, if necessary, by phone or letter.

• Give up gossip, judging or profanity.

• Find one “act of forgiveness” to make every day: A driver who cuts you off, a co-worker who annoys you, a shopper who cuts in line, a store clerk who is rude or a family member who ignores your needs.


23 posted on 02/16/2010 4:33:50 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Tax-chick

Amen sister LOL. And I thought alcohol would be difficult!


24 posted on 02/16/2010 4:35:09 PM PST by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: NYer
Every year I give up meat from mammals (i.e.; beef, pork, lamb, etc.) The Lord rewards me with reduced cholesterol and a smaller waist.
25 posted on 02/16/2010 4:36:53 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: All
40 Ways to Get the Most Out of Lent!
26 posted on 02/16/2010 4:37:48 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Supporting RINOS


27 posted on 02/16/2010 4:38:32 PM PST by VastRWCon (Drill Baby Drill - Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: NYer

I give up Lent for Lent. Every year.


28 posted on 02/16/2010 4:40:08 PM PST by irishtenor (Beer. God's way of making sure the Irish don't take over the world.)
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To: parsifal

I am sorry. The Bible is so true when it says “It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.”

I know that especially in my younger years that I was contentious and must have made my husband miserable. I still have my days. I have learned alot though. Now my intention is to please him even if I don’t always succeed. He is a blessing to me and such a wonderful godly man! We have been married 17 years next month.

In Titus 2:3 it says “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

I try to do this with the younger women in our church (not that I am old, just 35). I hope I can spare some young men the experience you went through!


29 posted on 02/16/2010 4:40:53 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: NYer
Give up.....

Brussels Sprouts

Cheap wine

Single ply toilet tissue

30 posted on 02/16/2010 4:41:18 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: Natural Law

:) I like that! Haven’t seen you around much since GGG stop posting. Nice to run into you in a thread.


31 posted on 02/16/2010 4:41:46 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I’m OK, now. I have a guitar. It never hits me with a skillet.

parsy, who spent many nights dwelling in the corner


32 posted on 02/16/2010 4:48:49 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: parsifal

Your posts make me want to play matchmaker.

CHMof3, who loves the way you sign your name to every post with a witty comment!


33 posted on 02/16/2010 4:53:49 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: N. Theknow

Well, I could possibly give up liver and onions, and turnips. And eggplant.


34 posted on 02/16/2010 4:54:42 PM PST by irishtenor (Beer. God's way of making sure the Irish don't take over the world.)
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To: irishtenor
Well, I could possibly give up liver and onions, and turnips. And eggplant.

The sacrifices some people make....just.....*sniffle*....choke me up.

35 posted on 02/16/2010 4:59:57 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: jwalsh07

Laetare Sunday! You get a day off for Laetare Sunday. See you March 22 2010!

I give up FR for lent too. This year I’m adding a Facebook Game that I’ve been addicted to since January.

Then Sugar and Simple carbs.
My girls are giving up sweets, Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books (read over and over) and both are pushing mom to do the aerobics DVD we have.

I will also read from the Bible every day.

But the biggest is not cussing NBC for messing up the Olympics coverage. Grrrr


36 posted on 02/16/2010 4:59:57 PM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

I’m past matchmaking. I have kids. I have reproduced and done my duty to the human race. From hence forward, I will devote myself to my guitar. Maybe in 5 years or so, in New America, when I am a wandering poet and balladeer, I will think of such things. . .

parsy, who is also scared his last ex-wife would kill him if he messes around and let me tell you, death by cast iron skillet is a terrible way to go


37 posted on 02/16/2010 5:01:14 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: netmilsmom
But the biggest is not cussing NBC for messing up the Olympics coverage. Grrrr

LOL, cuss them out on Sundays.

38 posted on 02/16/2010 5:01:25 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: parsifal

Lol! :)


39 posted on 02/16/2010 5:04:51 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: jwalsh07

I might just do that!


40 posted on 02/16/2010 5:09:34 PM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: parsifal

I adore you Parcy.
You can come and jam with my family anytime.

You’ll have trombone, french horn, flute and kazoo backup.


41 posted on 02/16/2010 5:11:58 PM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: NYer

Oh my if I gave up coffee someone would surely die! :(


42 posted on 02/16/2010 5:13:17 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: NYer

MSNBC!

/sorry


43 posted on 02/16/2010 5:14:21 PM PST by maggief
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To: netmilsmom

Thanks, I am writing my second song for New America.

parsy, who has Tangled Up In Blue almost down (Darn that F minor chord!)


44 posted on 02/16/2010 5:18:30 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: netmilsmom

God bless you and yours netmilsmom.


45 posted on 02/16/2010 5:26:09 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: NYer

I’m giving up mass for lent. :-)


46 posted on 02/16/2010 5:50:29 PM PST by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: Pyro7480

The kind of demons Jesus was talking about were the one’s that made people looney and totally overpower them.(See the full excerpt from Matthew 17 below) People who are jealous and envious know exactly what their behavior is and it is not caused by demons but by man’s depraved nature. It takes humility and repentance.

Matthew 17:15-21

15] Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
[16] And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
[17] Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
[18] And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
[19] Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
[20] And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
[21] Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.


47 posted on 02/16/2010 5:55:50 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: NYer
• Fast from talk radio.

WHAT!

Why not suggest fasting from Mass?

48 posted on 02/16/2010 6:00:54 PM PST by papertyger
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To: NYer
This week I am doing a Lenten Mission with Fr. Gaffeney.

I do Novena every Tuesday night and during Lent I will be doing Stations of the Cross every Wednesday and Friday.

49 posted on 02/16/2010 6:04:27 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: jwalsh07

And you my FRiend!


50 posted on 02/16/2010 6:20:55 PM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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