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If the shoe fits wear it. This is nothing but a bogus attempt at self goodie feelings.
I'm giving up LJWorld.com
Me too. Sorry, guys. I just don't like the new set-up.
If I were Catholic I would give up being Catholic for Lent.
The Doc has already made me give up the good stuff. Who cares about all the rest.
No. I gave up something last year. Can't remember what it was.
I'm rather attached to my vices, but speaking of lent... If you run your clothes through the drier enough times, will they eventually disappear into fluff??
I know what the 21 suspended Priests in the Philadelphia area need to be giving up. Molestation with Children.
I will give up Catholicism.
Hon, I gave that up a long time ago. Felt good then and still feels good now.
why on earth would anyone give up anything that makes them happy? it's like we're sacrificing virgins to please the gods. makes no sense, hurts society. Catholicism is bull. in fact, i'm going to eat twice as much chocolate just to prove my point. i respect God and everything, but tell me why you have to be perpetually unhappy to get into heaven, mr. pope?
I think the fasting periods in the church were thinly disguised attempts to stretch out the stored food supply until new food could be produced.
We are all giving up a vice.....the KS legislature is going to mandate it.
Think I will make my first visit to Club Orleans, then give up paying 20$ for a lap dance.
I have decided to become more tart.
No way am I giving up self gratification but I may cut my drinking down from 18 drinks a day to 14.
I gave up Catholicisim years ago and never been better!
What's with all the Catholic-bashing?
Because Lent is pretty much a "Catholic only" thing. LJW asked a stupod question and got a lot of funny answers.
Actually I know lots of Protestants who practice Lent, or at least, did when they were growing up. Not sure how widespread that is though.
I'm starting something. EXERCISE!! The new year's resolution didn't work, so here's to a fresh start.
I give up moderation for Lent.
I am not going to donate any more money to the Koch Brothers until after Easter.
i did my fast earlier this year. i'm not catholic, but i hope whomever participates gives it a 100%. i'm hoping that God honors them for what they give up. i hope they do it for a reason and not just to say they gave up something. and in the end i hope whomever is a better person afterwards then they were before.
Catholic priest should give up molesting little alter boys! New indictments came out today.
Giving up celibacy for Lent.
Lutherans also practice Lent. Can't fast for medical reasons. Give up coffee-Hell no. Give up chocolate-no way.
Personally, I think the Jews have a much wiser and more practical plan this time of year. It's easier to not eat anything with "leaven" for eight days, then to go without other yummy stuff for six weeks!
Put away the bread and use crackers in the meatloaf. (I'm nowhere near Jewish but I do love Matzo ball soup.)
The phrasing of this question shows an underlying misunderstanding of the whole practice of "fasting, prayer, almsgiving" as the three pillars of Lent. The idea isn't to "give up a vice" -- if it's actually a vice, then you should be working on that year-round. To fast from something you ordinarily enjoy doesn't mean that the thing you're fasting from is inherently Bad. It is, among other things, a practice in self-discipline. If I can't say "no" to myself for 40 days straight when it comes to chocolate or whatever, then how can I possibly say "no" to myself when I want to do things that are actually bad?
Related to that, there's a common misconception that the "bad" things are also the most fun, and therefore, who would want to give them up? Well, how about greed and lying and cheating and being rude and nasty to other people? There are a lot of behaviors that seriously hurt other people and/or hurt the person doing them. These are good things to give up, all the time, not just in Lent. But most of us lack the self-discipline to do so. Lent is a good sort of boot-camp to work those muscles.
Like I said above, I value moderation in my day to day life. I believe it is an important life-style principle. So I give it up for Lent.
" Well, how about greed and lying and cheating and being rude and nasty to other people? There are a lot of behaviors that seriously hurt other people and/or hurt the person doing them." === Good point and an example of why it is so hard to follow the Great ESSENE teacher and many others who taught love and compassion. The slanders we commit in our minds are as serious as those we speak. I must admit, this is where I fail the most often.http://www.ajjacobs.com/books/yolb.asp
This guy's book, where he tried to live by the bible's 700 or so rules, was fascinating. The time he tried to control and clear his mind of evil thoughts was the most challenging. Not eating shrimp or cheeseburgers, much easier.
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