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Angelskates
02-03-2013, 07:43 AM
The Lenten season has is fast approaching (Ash Wednesday is February 13), and I'm thinking of what I want to do.

I really like the idea of doing something, rather than, or in addition to, giving something up. Does anyone have any suggestions of something daily I could do that's not just for me? So not prayer, or fitness, but something that makes a positive difference to someone other than myself.

I will probably give up some things too (coffee, chocolate, alcohol, meat) but I'm not sure.

What are you doing for Lent?

Marge_Simpson
02-03-2013, 07:52 AM
Hmm. do you do any crafting? I'm waiting for CraftHope to announce their next project. It's something for China, which may appeal to you. :)
http://www.crafthope.com/

I probably posted about this last year, but I follow the "fasting from our clutter" readings and tasks here:
http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0108.asp

Angelskates
02-03-2013, 08:16 AM
Hmm. do you do any crafting? I'm waiting for CraftHope to announce their next project. It's something for China, which may appeal to you. :)
http://www.crafthope.com/

I probably posted about this last year, but I follow the "fasting from our clutter" readings and tasks here:
http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0108.asp

Thanks, Marge, I'm trying to become more crafty, so this may be right up my alley! I've actually messaged them to see if they need anything else locally.

Is there an update for the second link, it says 2008? Or it doesn't matter since there's no dates? Is it the same every year?

Badams
02-03-2013, 04:06 PM
What a great idea, Angelskates! I think I will try to do something too, not just give things up. :) Thanks for the great idea!

TheGirlCanSkate
02-03-2013, 04:33 PM
I gave up eating out one year for Lent and took the savings and donated it to Heifer International.

PDilemma
02-03-2013, 04:34 PM
Some great ideas here. Aimed at Catholics but probably adaptable:

http://bustedhalo.com/features/25-great-things-you-can-do-for-lent

And a great list here:

http://thisdaybysusand.blogspot.com/2010/02/101-things-to-do-for-lent-not-just-for.html

I am all for more doing and less giving up. I put that idea on Facebook last year and got slammed by the very legalistic Catholics I went to high school with who believe the be all and end all of lenten observation is giving up candy or coffee. It made me sad.

my little pony
02-03-2013, 04:37 PM
I am all for more doing and less giving up. I put that idea on Facebook last year and got slammed by the very legalistic Catholics I went to high school with who believe the be all and end all of lenten observation is giving up candy or coffee. It made me sad.

i went to a catholic school and for lent we were required to do something for someone as opposed to giving up something.

i generally choose to do neither but i think doing something that takes up your time captures the spirit better than giving up cake when the real reason you want to give up cake is to lose a pound

PDilemma
02-03-2013, 04:48 PM
i went to a catholic school and for lent we were required to do something for someone as opposed to giving up something.

i generally choose to do neither but i think doing something that takes up your time captures the spirit better than giving up cake when the real reason you want to give up cake is to lose a pound

I taught at Catholic school and every year the priests encouraged the high school students to do something and explained that giving up candy was kind of a minimum and as they got older they could and should strive for something more meaningful. But the school I attended is in the most conservative diocese in the U.S. and the diocese as a whole is becoming exceedingly legalistic. I find that legalism doesn't challenge people to grow spiritually, so it follows that the people there are still giving up candy and nothing more over twenty years after we graduated from high school.

Cachoo
02-03-2013, 04:56 PM
Anyone have their throat blessed today?

PDilemma
02-03-2013, 04:59 PM
Anyone have their throat blessed today?

We did after mass this morning. My husband, a cradle Catholic who went to Catholic school no less, had never had it done. At my Catholic school, we had a nun named Sister Ann who was obsessed with it as a protection from winter illnesses and would drag a priest all over school to make sure every student got the blessing. I always remember her on St. Blaise's day.

sk8pics
02-03-2013, 06:12 PM
Last night they did the blessing of the throats thing. My parish is quite progressive and known somewhat as rebels, and so it always surprised me the number of people who participate in this particular rite. And yes, I had mine blessed too.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do for Lent. I also am not really of the mind to see much value in giving up, say, chocolate. But a very good friend of mine who is a priest says it is about the discipline, and practicing discipline in small matters so that when it becomes more important you are somewhat prepared. Of course, he also talks about the importance of charitable acts. I will make it to Mass a few extra days a week, at least. For those of you on Facebook, Fr. Jim Martin, who is a Jesuit priest, is doing some sort of on line retreat complete with videos embedded in the presentations. If you search for him on Facebook you can find out info about it if you are interested.

Cachoo
02-03-2013, 06:54 PM
Last night they did the blessing of the throats thing. My parish is quite progressive and known somewhat as rebels, and so it always surprised me the number of people who participate in this particular rite. And yes, I had mine blessed too.

I haven't decided what I'm going to do for Lent. I also am not really of the mind to see much value in giving up, say, chocolate. But a very good friend of mine who is a priest says it is about the discipline, and practicing discipline in small matters so that when it becomes more important you are somewhat prepared. Of course, he also talks about the importance of charitable acts. I will make it to Mass a few extra days a week, at least. For those of you on Facebook, Fr. Jim Martin, who is a Jesuit priest, is doing some sort of on line retreat complete with videos embedded in the presentations. If you search for him on Facebook you can find out info about it if you are interested.

My religion teacher my senior year was a progressive Jesuit who was somewhat mystified by Catholic behavior on Ash Wednesday and St. Blaise Day. During a time when church participation dwindled he was always surprised to see the church so full on Ash Wednesday and to a lesser degree St. Blaise Day. I've never quite figured it out either. As for Lent-I am a lapsed Catholic but I liked the idea of addition rather than subtraction on Lent. But whatever the addition is it must be for someone else.

4rkidz
02-03-2013, 06:58 PM
The Lenten season has is fast approaching (Ash Wednesday is February 13), and I'm thinking of what I want to do.

I really like the idea of doing something, rather than, or in addition to, giving something up. Does anyone have any suggestions of something daily I could do that's not just for me? So not prayer, or fitness, but something that makes a positive difference to someone other than myself.

I will probably give up some things too (coffee, chocolate, alcohol, meat) but I'm not sure.

What are you doing for Lent?

your post reminded me of when our daughter was 7 and proudly told us 'she gave up candy for LINT'.. btw we are not catholic or religious at all.. but didn't want to interfere with her efforts.. although she had no idea what it was about at all.. but all her friends were doing it..:lol:

Wyliefan
02-03-2013, 09:48 PM
It's a great idea. Maybe dedicate a portion of your budget all through Lent to buying food for the local food bank, or blankets for the local shelter, or books for kids who can't afford them, or something like that?

PDilemma
02-03-2013, 09:50 PM
It's a great idea. Maybe dedicate a portion of your budget all through Lent to buying food for the local food bank, or blankets for the local shelter, or books for kids who can't afford them, or something like that?

One thing our priest always suggests is that if you do give up something like candy, chocolate, coffee, etc...save the money you would have spent on it and donate that to a charity.