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2/21/10 6:32 P

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Thank you SHRLZI!

It is just another way for me to give back to the SP Community.

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2/20/10 8:45 P

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Raylin, what a great resolution. emoticon

...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue
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2/20/10 7:35 P

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I do - I give up alcohol. Before Spark it was a way for me to lose 10 pounds and keep my weight in a 'reasonable' range. This year, I look upon it not as giving up my heart healthy glass of wine with dinner, but a reminder of my 'old self', that I have given up to live a healthier life for myself and loved ones.

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things” Maya Angelou

“If you laugh you change; and when you change the world changes.” Shilpa Shah

“Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”
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2/20/10 7:18 P

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I was afraid to post this the day the question was asked - but I have been able to read a few more blogs from people I do not know every day. So for Lent I am going to be trying to leave positive comments for at least one new person every day!

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2/19/10 10:52 P

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I'm not Catholic but I like to do something. I used to give up something but now I try and focus on changing a habit. This year it is no eating in the car. Amazing how much snacking we do in the car on the way here or there.

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2/19/10 8:13 P

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2/19/10 5:28 P

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I will admit to being a long term Protestant - however in more recent years -- I proposed to my children that we use Lent as a time to focus on God by deliberately giving up something we enjoy. So...we have the concept of Meatless Mondays and Fishy Fridays. Quite frankly this has not been a hardship for us as we have used it as an opportunity to find new foods that we have enjoyed -- so I'm not so sure that it is a sacrifice, but for us it has been a reminder during Lent of what God is all about.

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2/18/10 9:16 P

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I will try to give up greed, anger, envy...

...there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there's still a sureness in you, where there's a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. ~John O'Donohue
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2/18/10 8:45 P

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I know a woman who was raised strictly Catholic. You aren't supposed to have celebrations of any kind during Lent, no weddings, no parties at all. Her birthday is in March, and she has never celebrated her birthday on her birthday, always Low Monday, the day after Easter. She said when she was growing up, Low Monday was a big day because so many people celebrated birthdays on that day.

Nell
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2/18/10 8:32 P

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I was brought up that we can give for Lent the same as to give-up for Lent.

I don't do this every year though.

Edited by: RAYLINSTEPHENS at: 2/18/2010 (20:33)
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2/18/10 4:54 P

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Most of my friends in junior high and high school were Catholic, so I gave up something to part of the crowd. When she was 21, our daughter converted to Catholicism and gives up McDonald Fries every Lent... which means we stop at a McDonald's on our way home from church on Easter. I like to idea of a personal sacrifice to remind us of our riches. Islam follows a similar path during Ramadan. I like the idea of giving to others. The wedding I went to on Valentine's Day, the couple requested their gifts be donations to the local food pantry. I know I will give blood during Lent and donate some clothes. I need to think further on this.

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2/18/10 2:07 P

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Nope. Never have.





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2/18/10 1:52 P

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I do the same thing I have done for 40 years. I eat no sweets and nothing between meals. Over the years it is so much a habit that it is hardly a sacrifice anymore, so I take this time to literally weigh and measure everything for every meal, just like I did back in 1970 when I lost my weight. It's like getting back "on key" when singing a cappella. It's very good discipline rather than sacrifice.

And when I feel sorry for myself, I just remember that I am remembering Christ's long fast in the desert. I really have little to feel deprived about.

Nell
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2/18/10 1:49 P

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I posted a blog about this yesterday. If you get bored or if you're interested, feel free to read it. As a catechumen, this is my first Lent. I decided to start simple the first year by giving up the scale (I weigh myself up to four times a day- I need it for reassurance). I've done good so far...although I'm so tempted!! I also gave up meat yesterday and will on Fridays during Lent, which is a challenge for me even if it is for two days!

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2/18/10 1:14 P

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For many of us,today is the first full day of LENT.
Many of my friends make different pledges as religious sacrifices. Example, no desserts,no smoking,no WHATEVER. In my family(son,daughter,ect)
our pledge is to bring food & clothing to the homeless in our individual cities 4 times a week.
What do you do or don't.

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