zkojq From Armenia, joined Sep 2011, 2149 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2621 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 Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7805 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2466 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, 2810 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2440 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.
"Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable." - Voltaire
L0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1933 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2419 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 , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2334 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.
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 8383 posts, RR: 20
Reply 26, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2270 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)
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, 2194 posts, RR: 1
Reply 30, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2237 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.