zkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 990 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1157 times:
Haven't decided yet...I should probably hurry up and do so. Last year I managed to successfully give up chocolate for the entirety of Lent, something I'm rather proud of. Maybe it will be coffee and soft-drink this year.
RussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7312 posts, RR: 23 Reply 15, posted (10 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
When Orthodox Lent actually starts, which is in about a month, there'll be no animal products or alcohol for the duration (except for a token amount where allowed on feasts), and will try to modify my behaviour to be more focused on God, giving more and helping others.
Lent should be more than just a giving things up contest. Behaviours and attitudes are important too.
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
pvjin From Finland, joined Mar 2012, 768 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 976 times:
Alcohol. I haven't felt like drinking alcohol at all after I got some amazing Mojito drinks in Thailand during my trip there soon after Christmas, now everything that I can get within 50km from here tastes just boring.
For summer I might get some ingredients and make my own though.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
L0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined exactly 1 years ago today! , 464 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (10 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 955 times:
Years ago I had a classmate whose filthy rich family would "give up" red meat and poultry for lent. They would feast on the finest seafood in the best restaurants in town, they even had a chef come over to their McMansion and prepare vegetarian and seafood meals for them, so much for giving up!
babybus From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3629 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (10 months 18 hours ago) and read 870 times:
You don't have to give up anything. You can actually start doing something new,something positive for you and the people and world around you. Like doing the garden for the old lady down the street for free, or not swearing in front of kids etc.
Not participating in Lent is the highest selfish act there is.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6550 posts, RR: 16 Reply 26, posted (10 months ago) and read 806 times:
Quoting 4holer (Reply 24): Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
I'm gonna try to give up fat girls for lent.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
I failed already. I ended up doing one yesterday evening for Valentine's Day.
Always an inspiration, Fly. Always.
Agreed. I wonder how the hell you do it, man. I've been on a dry spell since October (with the exception of my chinese ex a few weeks back....but let's just say she got railed completely and couldn't walk for days...not to mention she was horrible at it)
One of the FB admins for PHX Spotters. "Zach the Expat!"
The word "hate" suggests an extreme aversion to something. While one post in particular suggests intolerance, and possibly a desire to offend, others may indicate indifference or taking things lightly and not too seriously - the opposite of hatred.
Only a couple of posters have mentioned Catholicism, while others have pointed out that you don't have to be catholic to recognise lent. That doesn't suggest hatred.
Have a look at the positive suggestion from babybus, given that one of the central planks of Christianity is charity or love : And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love).
QFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2059 posts, RR: 1 Reply 30, posted (9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 773 times:
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 29): The word "hate" suggests an extreme aversion to something.
My apologies, spend a bit of time around people under 25 and it tends to lean more towards aversion, insults or taking the piss as it may be; rather than a deeply rooted loathing. Language changes.
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 29): Only a couple of posters have mentioned Catholicism
You can't seriously deny that lent is an institution largely relegated to the sphere of Catholicism. To each his own though, as a Catholic I won't threaten to kill you unlike others on this planet when their faith is slighted.
Quoting QFA380 (Reply 30): largely relegated to the sphere of Catholicism.
Lent is still observed in the Anglican Church and among some others, such as Methodists, Presbytarians and Lutherans. Last year the Church of England even launched an app that you could download to your iPhone to inspire its followers.