March 27th, 2013 - Arlene-713441 said:
Fasting, extra prayers, I am kinder with the truth and in what I have to say. I have given up several events. I have tried to give more of myself to serve others by staying late and helping them with their clean up or paper work, when I am off the clock. I am thinking more outside of the box when it comes to work. I also pray for forgiveness and hope to improve my understanding of people.
March 15th, 2013 - Michael-692806 said:
Try to be more concentrated at mass, when reading the bible and when praying
Try to cut out distractions at work and tackle the hardest tasks and toughest conversations first
Same outside work; sticking to a rough timetable rather than doing what I feel like
March 8th, 2013 - Jacqueline-658726 said:
I tried to select multiple boxes as I think part of the Lenten experience is following as many Lenten practices as possible. Each one is different and brings its own special gift of spirituality with it. For example, ashes on Ash Wednesday is a one time thing, however fasting is an ongoing Lenten thing. However, one thing that I recently learned is that fasting and almsgiving are both wings and that together help our souls fly.
March 7th, 2013 - Susan-940526 said:
In general I am in a place in my life where I am working on being a better Catholic in general. Being on CM has helped steer me in that direction and joining at Lent has really boosted it...as I have many more opportunities at church i.e. station of cross , confession ( which I did last nite for first time in years) etc. Thanks. Blessings
February 26th, 2013 - Elizabeth-384374 said:
I do the medieval lenten practices. This means no animal products except fish. I'm allergic to dairy - which I discovered thanks to this diet. Since I discovered the dairy allergy, I've had a much better complexion, been far more "awake", and haven't been as sick. Also, the "one meal a day" thing was only done on Wednesdays and Fridays in the Middle Ages/Renaissance. They also loved hot food and lenten apple pie is quite good.
February 24th, 2013 - Lucille-758313 said:
I am trying to see my positive thoughts in my minds eye instead of longing for things that are gone. I am spending more thoughts on my thanks to God rather than my complaints or longings. I am forgiving and blessing rather than feeling hurt. I constantly pray for ability to have the correct thoughts , pure good thoughts. I pray for a companion but I will be positive and happy even if I do not get one.
February 23rd, 2013 - Annette-6680 said:
While giving up in sacrifice is important, I like to add things I wouldn't usually do....spending volunteer time in places I would have been more limited in spending, doing random acts of kindness i.e. paying for the person at the next table or the person behind as I drive through the fast food lane, Another is paying the toll for the person behind as they exit the hospital where I visit.
February 22nd, 2013 - Bob-179105 said:
Along with giving up things, for the last several years, I have decided to add some things. An example of this is that I always try to be especially kind, both in my words and by my tip to the person, who serves me a meal. I also go out my way to thank the person, who collects the carts at the grocery store.
February 22nd, 2013 - Michael-610938 said:
Besides ashes on Ash Wednesday, I do a traditional Lenten fast: one normal-sized meal per day. My former parish priest taught us this fast. I like it. It teaches us how we might think we're self-sufficient, but we really depend on God. That hunger draws one into deeper prayer when one prays. I recommend it if you haven't done it before. Yes, you get hungry, but that's the point...to realize your dependency on God. If it gets to be too much, just have a little something to curb the hunger, like a piece of fruit or a few crackers & cheese...just a little something. Our priest also suggested that the men of the parish take it a step further: no meat during Lent (vegetarians figure out something different you can do) and no hot meals. It basically reduces the Lenten diet down to fruits, vegetables, cheese, nuts, bread, and the like. Surprisingly, there is still a lot you can do with that. I put things together like vegetable sandwiches. I started by buying them at Subway, then I started making my own similar to Subway. Now I invent my own versions. I also eat peanut butter sandwiches (no jelly) or salads. I don't like salads, so whenever someone offers me a salad outside of Lent, I just think, "that's penance food." I can eat 'em, but I don't like 'em.
February 19th, 2013 - Becky-946390 said:
In agreement with Lauren's comment below, Father Dan Farley who sadly died from ALS taught us that we should give up something, but that we also should be sure to replace it with something that brings us closer to God! (i.e. Give up listening to the radio in the morning on the way to work to pray intead.)
February 17th, 2013 - MaryAnne-804315 said:
I agree with Andrew. I try to do them all as well. I also try to give to those who ask of my with no thought of receiving anything back. Oh, and no meat on Friday...which doesn't mean shrimp and lobster! Usually, soup supper after stations at Our Lady of the Valley.
February 15th, 2013 - Dennis-805025 said:
In addition to lots of the more normal responses (pray, give up, Ash Weds; I made a promise to try to get through half of the 20+ unread faith based books stacked up on tyhe shelf. It's Friday and I'm easily on track to finish St. Francis Little Flowers. Pretty soft start as it's only 160 short pages. Some of the others I choose to go after will be quite challenging.
February 11th, 2013 - RaeJoyce-77704 said:
I do all of the above. But I also give up the snooze bar and the radio. Instead of hitting the snooze bar, I use those "extra" 10 minutes to pray and prepare my mind and heart for any inspirations from the Holy Spirit. Then, I give up the listening to the radio in the car and use that time to just talk to God.
February 6th, 2013 - Sheri-682284 said:
Ash Wednesday Services, fasting and abstinence. This year I am taking the KLOVE 105.5 Challenge, but instead of 30 days of Christian music, I am doing it from now through Easter Sunday. Also, I attend a Holy Week Retreat, with all the Holy Week Services, at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ.
February 3rd, 2013 - Maureen-432687 said:
It's a combination of: abstaining from things I enjoy; attending the Stations of the Cross and daily Mass as much as possible; reading and praying daily devotions; and giving more of my time, talent, and treasure where it is needed---all with a cheerful heart for the love of God and others; otherwise, it's all worthless.
January 31st, 2013 - Christine-414029 said:
We should be able to put more than one option. I try to pray more often, give up favorite tv programs, go to staions of the cross and attend all of Holy Week services. On Good Friday our Youth Group performed for the first time last year the Passion in "Mime". It was so beautiful. You could have heard a pin drop. All ages attended. Many were brought to tears. An older lady I know who is Protestant went to see it with a friend from our Parish. She sent me an email to say it was one of the most beautiful, touching, presentaions of the Passion she had seen.
January 31st, 2013 - Patsy-932553 said:
More than one practice....ashes, and I give up something...usually related to technology. For example: I have given up listening to the radio. It gave me more time to pray on the way to work. By the time Easter had arrived I didn't feel compelled to automatically turn the radio on, and to this day I still don't. It was truly a time that I was totally in the present moment, and in quiet so I could better hear God's will for me. I prayed the rosary and put my thoughts in the dessert with Jesus. There were some incredible moments of uncertainty which made the celebration of Easter that much more fulfilling. This year I am focused on getting out of God's way and let him work through me. I look forward to the lessons I will learn from this Lenten season.
January 31st, 2013 - Patricia-846886 said:
Doesn't everyone do more than one? The entire week of Holy week is such a beautiful time - - I wouldn't want to miss any aspect, the ashes, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. More prayers. Aren't we all supposed to be striving to be Saints? Doesn't anyone realize that if God stopped thinking of each one of us for just a split second, we'd cease to exist!??! Truly --- it's how much He loves each of us.
I just want to be a humble servant & honestly have no pride if any single act during Holy week but why don't most folks just enjoy & want to participate in such a beautiful gift as Holy Week. The questions asked allow for ckg. just one & I'm bewildered. Why?
January 31st, 2013 - Rachel-731570 said:
There is no option to answer more than one!! I give up all sweets, try to attend Mass daily all Lent, go to Stations each Friday, give up all secular reading/music/tv, abstain from meat Mon-Wed-Fri, pray at least Vespers and Lauds daily, read 5+ minutes from Bible daily -- Lent is a wonderful time to grow closer to God!