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yes that is cute

for the food bank delievered 7 bags of groceries and no I didnt have a lot of money in the jar but knew they could use it

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I know this is a little late but we were taught in my RCIA class that Sundays of Lent were days of rest... not intentioned a hey day but a day of rest.

A smile can make it all feel a little better. So, I go and smile at myself in the mirror. Shallow or what? But it works... My name is Kathy and I'm Pennsylvania.


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Wow - thanks everyone for the explanations and insights...I'm learning so much!

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thanks Valerie

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Whenever I've researched it, (I tend to be pretty uptight), the answers come back two ways:

1. They are Sundays *of* Lent (i.e., First Sunday of Lent, etc.). Therefore, you should continue your resolution on those days.

2. It is a voluntary penance. There is no church law that says you have to "give up" anything extra. So, if you want to give ________ up on Sundays, that's fine. If you want to recognize Sundays as a having a more celebratory character, that's fine, too. Your chosen penance, your chosen rules. (Just like someone might choose to fast in addition to abstaining on Fridays during Lent without expecting to be criticized for not choosing to do Wednesdays and Saturdays, too.)

When I decided to give up buying extras for Lent, I built in the exception of when I was out with a friend because I knew that a willingness to make at least a token purchase would be much more in keeping with a celebratory day out (much like one wouldn't refuse cake at a wedding without very good reason).

Unfortunately, my failures this past weekend had nothing to do with the exception and everything to do with "I want".

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never heard of this at all just that when I give up at lent its always for the 40 days

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OK, I've got to ask this forum a question. For the first time in my life, conversations about lent have raised a question among several people that I never heard of before. When I tell them that I gave up chocolate and hard liquor for Lent, they ask me if I take Sundays "off" from my Lenten fast. So, what's up with that? I never heard of such a thing. Anybody?

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I know how you feel, ANCILLADOMINI! This past weekend wasn't a good one for me either.
But, we dust ourselves off and try again. And i've got to clean my home--spurred from a reflection I read from "40-the series":

Leavened bread became a symbol of what is allowed to stand around. It signified staleness and deadening routine; getting rid of it became the symbol of freshness and growth. Since Passover occurs in the spring, the total cleaning of the house to eliminate leaven was easily expanded to a comprehensive spring-cleaning. Throwing out the accumulated staleness and the dead hand of winter, cleaning the house became a psychological backdrop for reenacting emancipation. Housecleaning became part of the cosmic process.
-Irving Greenberg-

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Majorly fell on my Lenten face this past weekend. First I ordered a couple of spring items, some boots, and some shirts for fall. Then, the next day, we went to Columbus and spent the evening shopping at a bookstore (bought a couple of journals and some origami materials). Well, at least I have a few more days to try again.

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Oh IMREITE, I totally understand!! How many times have I said "Listen to this while you do work because at least you are strengthening your faith while being busy..." only to realize I should stop doing stuff and just BE with God.

Sending you all love for a beautiful Holy Week.

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thanks for sharing

I have been doing the one in Daily word book for lent

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may daily lent mediation was ironic.. it can be found here
http://www.loyolapress.com/living-lent-d
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It as about pausing and focusing on the moment. to me it was ironic because in the 2 minutes i listened to it, i was cleaning off my desk and filling in activities on my calender. I then listened to it a couple more times to focus on the message without being distracted by all the other stuff.

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I know cant believe it myself where did the time go

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I can't believe that next Sunday is Palm Sunday! I feel like I haven't done enough! (Though when I look back at it - WOW!)

There was a discerning your spiritual gifts retreat at the church yesterday. I am so glad (that though I was afraid to get out of my comfort zone and not sit in the back and hide) that I went - it has really given me a lot to think about as I return and figure out where I need to jump in and start serving within the community.

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way to go

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My Lenten challenge is to say the rosary daily, go to daily Mass, Bible study, sit with others instead in the back (my comfort zone), not be judgmental, and gave up bread, sugar, and my favorite drink, Dr. Pepper, lol. Be more charitable. And like someone else said, don't quit if I mess up. Start over the next day. Be more joyful and grateful.

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doing good not alot of money in the jar but went out and brought 5 boxes of cereal and cookies for the church food bank

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My lenten challenge has been to say a rosary every day. I have not been perfect, but in the past, I would have just given up as soon as I missed it once. Instead, this year, I will just pick it right back up and continue as if I never missed a day.

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Honestly, I haven't felt like I've been closer to God but I know that by doing it all anyway, I will get closer whether I "feel" it or not. I wanted to go to confession this past weekend but had to go to dinner with friends of my husband's (that I had promised him for the last two months). Does it say something that I'd rather go to Mass than socialize?! So confession this weekend for sure.

I feel like I'm starting to get into a routine with prayers, rosary, Bible, etc. on a daily basis. If I can't get it all in at one time I get cranky. I do make sure I do it all during the day but something about Rosary before the day's craziness is just more calming and centering than at night before I go to sleep.

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How is everyone's lent going? Has your journey brought you closer to God? Unfortunately, I'm not sure that anything I've done has strengthened my relationship with God (althoughI don't think it has hurt it, either). I still need to make time for confession. And I need to reflect more on what i am doing so that it dies bring me closer to God.

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thanks for sharing

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Adding a new one; In addition to my other previously mentioned, I will answer the request by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference by logging on to
www.pacatholic.org
to send a message to our legislators in support of conscience rights as requested by the Bishops in our Parish Bulletin again today. Religious liberty is, and has been, under attack, and it has reached epic proportions. "We did not pick this fight, but nether will we run from it." We should no longer sit idly by and let this happen.

I've been meaning to "get to this" and hope that, by posting the link, you will too.

Blessings

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It is great to see so many people experiencing the joys and opportunities that are available to us during lent.

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way to go and congrads for speaking out loud hugs

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My Lent challenge (as I've just come back to the church) is to do more and get more involved with my local parish.

I went to our Lenten Retreat the first Saturday of Lent. I just went to the Rosary Group this past Tuesday (first time I'd ever prayed it out loud in front of people - yikes)! Doing daily devotions. Trying to get connected with the young adult group. I also want to go to an "Extra" (for me) Mass and go to Devotion. It's these little things I keep incorporating.

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hugs I should be too but we have a in church 4 day mission in the church this week Father Bill Garrott is talking about our lenting journey

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One thing I should be doing is more spiritually-oriented reading.

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thanks for sharing

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I read the following article earlier. I am using the source as part of 1 of my lent practices. I sent it to my work email, so i can start my morning with a good thought.

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God Shows No Partiality -- Romans 2:11

Partiality means to choose a piece, a part over the whole, to show preference for one aspect of something over another. This line from the beginning of Paul's letter to the Romans has always jumped out at me. Paul is reminding the small, struggling Christian community in Rome that God does not care if we are “Jew or Greek [Gentile], male or female, slave or free.” It doesn't matter to God because it’s not about who we are now, or who we were before. It's about who we become in Christ Jesus.

Our culture is obsessed with partiality: we want our children to be gifted and talented, have the best teachers and coaches, and be taught separately from the average children; we want them to go to the best schools. We prize information that rates the best and worst colleges and the best and worst cities and towns to live in, and the best and worst of everything else from cars and microwave ovens to movies and music. Entire industries do nothing but rate one thing over another. This is useful when we need a new washing machine, but we can never let this mindset extend to how we see people. This is not how God sees his creation.

All of us are invited to the Lord's banquet - the broken and the forgotten along with the best and the brightest. All are called to share in the divine revelation of God's healing love as experienced through the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Paul is making sure we understand that our tasks as Christians are to be living witnesses to this profound truth.

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you just made me giggle CJ

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What a good idea, ANDROMEDA!

LQUEST4754 - I will definitely try the quinoa again, but in something! Thanks for the tip. As I haven't given up meat, I will certainly try it with some (just not on Fridays emoticon )

cj

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good luck Andrimeda

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I have taken to saying to myself "I love the Lord Jesus Christ" over and over again when i reach the point of exasperation and the urger to curse to myself or otherwise starts to overwhelm me--so far so good. I did better today than i did yesterday!

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I really enjy quinoa, but have not yet eaten it alone. I like it in a tomato based mixture with vegetables. (with meat, lol!) Wonder if you made chili with some soy meat crumbles and added some quinoa to add protein?

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didnt care for it either CJ

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Yeah, I can do without meat for brief times, but it is difficult for me to get enough protein usually without meat. I tried quinoa recently (only grain with a full protein). I did not care for it. I hope to find some good recipes for it, and try again.

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that is hard I need my coffee in the am and water and oj but meat I need because I can not eat beans

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I gave up meat and all drinks but water (so much harder than it looks!)

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many good ideas

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So far, so good. Hope everyone is doing well if not better.

Prayers and blessings!


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Some more great ideas!


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OURMAMAM! way to go

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I'm adding one task to my list: I shall overtly take on physical chores formerly done by DH to give his body a break, as he is in such pain every day and his machismo will not allow him to ask for this help. I shall be more attentive and get a head start on these tasks to start or do them before he thinks of doing them himself, for the glory of God, Amen.

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mpeach please tell us about PrayFit. I am very interested. My Lenten renewal is to walk everyday for at least !00 days. Maybe that way it will become a habit. emoticon

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way to go

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I'm using my CRS Operation Rice Bowl box as a "kitty." for alms. Each day that I can choose foods other than sweets I will add at least $1.

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using the kitty for food for the pantry at our CHurch

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Praying more and actually making it to mass every week.

This is a bit more of a challenge with my work schedule always being scheduled on Sunday, but I don't have an excuse because I wake up at 6 with the cats and to go to the bathroom, so really I just need to wake up and go to the 8am mass instead of the 10am one that we go to when we don't sleep in and I have off. (Sometimes we really are horrible at this)

Also trying out something called PrayFit that I found recently. Anyone else heard of it? It's exercise and faith at the same time, so I really wanted to try it. Anything that's all inclusive with things that are important are fantastic to me.

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Nice one, Dee, where will you be using the kitty? Is it going into the collection?

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Hubby and I agree a nasty word pay a quarter and cusor word 1 dollar

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I chose two physical disciplines for Lent this year... no coffee, soda. I also added more time to my Wii morning routine.
I see now that the morning coffee is really a habit... I gaze longingly at the Keurig when I go into the kitchen each day. My Wii time warms me up and gets my mind moving, so I truly do not need the coffee. I am dealing with the temptation to fix a cup by just saying "No!". I had to stop and think when we were in CiCi's yesterday... my drink was included, and my rational mind said "If you paid for it, get it." Well, I chose unsweetened tea. God has a sense of humor... He knows I do not like anything but Splenda. Not a packet to be found anywhere! So what do I do now? I improvised and learned something! I added three packets of lemon to my tea. IT WAS GOOD! I saw Jesus smiling at me and laughing because I CAN learn to adapt if I CHOOSE to! LOL!
I would love to have a cup of coffee as I sit here, too. It is chilly. Put on a sweater, Leah! Sigh! I offer the temptation to You, Lord!
As to the Wii, I began with 10 minutes of AdStep. After a few week it was too easy. I added 5 more minutes. The 15 was still working, but since Lent is a time to stretch ourselves, the thought came to me to add 5 more minutes each week of Lent. That extra 5 DOES push me! So it is good...
SO many wonderful ideas here! BRAVO! to everyone! Our Lenten journey is about learning more about ourselves and about our Lord. The more I learn of Him, the more I know how much I need HIm!
I am trying to examine my conscience as I go through the day, with a final evaluation each night before bed. I am asking to be shown a fault that I need to address, and how to address it in God's way. The HS is leading... I am to say a rosary each day, and include my enemies(those real and "imagined" on my part...) in my petitions... that they will be blessed and drawn closer to God.
I have never completed a fast in my life. I did it on Wednesday, and on Friday! I planned my food and stayed with my plan. I knew I was getting the right nutrition, so when I was tempted to eat something or grouse about it, I had no valid excuse. I told the devil as much, too!
Lent is giving me cause to actually THINK before acting. My prayer is that some of what I am learning will become part of my spirit and life journey forever. I am finally becoming accustomed to practicing being in His presence all day. TYG!
I am living Lent one day, one offering, one small sacrifice at a time. Taking this journey as it ebbs and flows.
May everyone be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and the peace of God!

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I like that one, OURMAMAM!

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Super goals here! May you be more easily successful in achieving them every minute of every day, Amen!

Potty mouth....write down the words you use, and define suitable and funny alternative words.

OH MY GOLDFISH! It works!

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some things are going better than others--I'm better at avoiding certain foods than avoiding the complaining! And I still need to reign in the potty mouth!

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This Lent I've decided to give up Diet Coke (I was a two can a day drinker) and I've decided to make it a point to pray for 30 min. a day (I pray daily, but I noticed that my prayers weren't lasting very long). It's day 4 and I'm doing well on both things. Hope everyone else is doing well!

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sounds great

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Inspirational thread, for certain.

"A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."

"You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion."

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Love hearing everyone's ideas and it also helps encourage me through this Lenten Season.

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sounds great

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Great ideas everyone! Thought of giving up eating out [which I do 2 times per week] & put that money for a good cause. Have been thinking about an orphanage nearby - so maybe an Easter party for the orphaned kids? Also, no impulse buying. Only buy stuff that is necessary.

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Gramvicki - got my rice bowls today. Adding the Stations of the Cross to my "things to do this Lenten season" list. Prayer and reflection is always good.

Praying for everyone's success!

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"I pray often for the Lord to put one arm around my shoulder and the other hand over my mouth."

I think I need to do this too!
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Thanks for the link, ANDROMEDA!

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good one Vicki

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Many awesome challenges. I love all of them.

My dh and I read daily devotions from Presentation Ministries and are adding the Magnificat and daily readings our Church handed out during Lent. I have been very irritated lately and will try real hard to stay focus and think before I say things. I don't say bad words but my temper can get the best of me sometimes especially to my hubby. So far so good. Also got 2 Rice Bowls for our grandsons to do chores at our house on the weekends and put money it according to what they do. Will also add all of our change to them.

Praying for everyone during this Lenten Season.

Hugs and Prayers, Vicki

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a lot of good challenges

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This year in addition to giving up most desserts (except ice cream!) I have decided to try and shift my life focus from me to the others in my life who may be needing prayers. I am taking the struggles and joys of each day and offering them up for different friends and family. one each day! And maybe getting a few extra prayers in like a rosary on my 30 minute walk to school! I hope we all can grow this lenten season and we stay strong! :)

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I too have a sharp tongue I will pray that the Lord help me to tame it. I am engaged in a serious battle at work however I will pray for my enemies daily. It is difficult and potentially unhealthy for me to fast because I am a diabetic. I will try to eat right and of course no meat on Fridays. But to be honest my biggest problem is temptation. When ever I am challenged to not to sin it is like the desire to sin and rebel increases by ten fold. I'm praying for the strength not to give in to the desires of the flesh and if I make it through this season then to God be the Glory!

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A couple of challenges. I'm going to do one of Scott Hahn's online bible studies. I'm also trying to be better about following my dietitian's guidelines.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it is the small, still voice at the end of the day saying, ' I will try again tomorrow.'"


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Eating only one full meal a day (dinner since I cook for DH too). No snacks. At all. Curb the impulse to retort when attacked but pray for the person who has lost their cool. This is a really, really tough one for me, so I pray often for the Lord to put one arm around my shoulder and the other hand over my mouth. Daily meditation over and above my normal Bible reading each a.m. I got a little book at church that is an aid to meditation each day for 6 minutes. My main goal is to get closer in touch with God, reflecting on Him and His ways, trying to follow in Christ's footsteps more.

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thanks ANDROMEDA

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Awesome, Babe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers,

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So far I am doing great! No sweets, no alcohol and I read the Bible last night. I am beginning with Matthew.

Hope everyone else had a great Ash Wednesday!

Good luck to all!

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