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1 - 50 of 211 What did you give up for Lent?

  1. Anthony
    7 months ago

    I have given up meat for lent and do a daylight fast on good friday.

  2. susan
    7 months ago

    i gave up ice cream! in addition i decided to have a dry fast this lent and guess what?am almost there! All glory to the Holly Trinity(Abba Father,Jesus &Holly spirit)

  3. Mary
    8 months ago

    For the past 4 years, including this year, I stopped playing the lottery during Lent. The money saved, 16euro per week, I donate to various causes.

  4. Dumazile
    8 months ago

    I Gave up Social networks, focused on the rosary daily and prayer.

  5. Thomas Burger
    8 months ago

    Flavored coffee creamer.

  6. Terrance Woodson
    8 months ago

    I gave up food for Lent and I am going to do a juice cleanse for all 47 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter!!

  7. John Perchulyn
    8 months ago

    Although I don't consider myself an alcoholic, I know, denial is the first sign, I give up drinking any alcohol during lent. I have been doing this for over 30 years. In the early years it was a struggle only because I would be ridiculed by my friends when we would go out to bars and/or attend parties. They would all say, "yea, right". Now, they don't even question it and respect me for what I do.

  8. Mo
    9 months ago

    I gave up all electronic games

  9. Linda Sue
    9 months ago

    I am going to say the rosary every day, dedicate time to prayer, and no over indulgence of any kind. I have a tendency to eat an entire bowl of chips and salsa for example.... no more of that kind of thing, Practicing control in my life.

  10. Edward Zink
    9 months ago

    I will be joining the church at Easter. I thought about this a lot and have decided to give up Facebook because this consumes several hours of my time most days. I am disabled and spend way to much time online. I will spend the extra time reading Scripture and preparing for my conversion. I wish you all a Blessed Season and may our Lord Bless You and Keep You.

  11. lol
    9 months ago

    Good thing I'm atheist so I don't have to give anything up ;)

  12. Kasey
    9 months ago

    This lent, I wanted to do three things; give up meat, give up makeup, and pray every day.

  13. Linda Walker
    9 months ago

    Lent is always special to me last year I did daily prayers and shared them with my friends on facebook. Everyone so looked forward to the prayer so I will continue again this year. Also I will change my way of eating this year and begin each day with a fruit and oatmeal smoothie, no more cooked breakfast. I will read my Bible everyday and put my faith in God for all to see.
    My salvation rests in the hands of God.

  14. Julie Hartshorn
    9 months ago

    I am giving up crisps, cake, chocolate and biscuits for lent for remembering what Jesus did for us.

  15. Aliba sybil
    9 months ago

    I ask for God's grace and mercies in my life,at this period of lent ,am giving up BBM,WASAPP and FACE BOOK because is really my whole time ,even when am ought to be meditating and reading my bible.So help me God.

  16. Gina
    9 months ago

    This is my fourth year in giving up sweets and wine; it's the only alcohol I drink once in awhile. During my first year it was hard, and once I was so tempted by a pastry that my husband had bought, that I couldn't get it out of my mind. So what I did was to chew it, savor it and spit it out.. Besides that I did perfectly fine. Tomorrow, I will be ready to do this again with excitement.

  17. Marco
    9 months ago

    I will only be checking emails and social media 3 times a day (9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.)...In between those times I will grow closer to GOD.

  18. bob
    9 months ago

    I gave up the computer

  19. Jenny Burt
    9 months ago

    I am a new Catholic and I am need help with my new way of faith in the Catholic family?

  20. Bill
    9 months ago

    I'm participating in the Lenten Positive Acts Challenge -
    You perform positive acts toward others during Lent. 1 per day during the 1st wk, 2 per day in the 2nd week...ending with 7 per day in the week leading up to Easter. You can read about it on the website.

  21. Maria
    9 months ago

    Last year I gave up acohol. Not because I'm a heavy drinker but because of the problems it has created for my family and my husbands. I also made sure not to annoce it to the whole world. I tried to show a little Humilty.

  22. carol
    9 months ago

    On lent I try to be more spiritual.I try giving GOD more of my devotions and prayers.Giving up something means giving up on the old body and renewing by devoting your life to Christ.Becoming more like Christ in body and soul.

  23. Jennie
    10 months ago

    Several years ago, my company made a major change to computers and brought in a younger person to create software particular to us. I was afraid of technology and not very cooperative. She was not respectful of her elders (we were older, why didn't we know everything already?) and I was not respectful of her (she's a kid and doesn't know our jobs).
    For Lent, I gave up ignorance. For 40 days, I gave myself over to listening and learning and asking questions and making suggestions. I learned so much! It made me a better employee and a much better, much more tolerant person.

  24. regina whalum
    1 year ago

    I gave up yeast rolls and cheese Danish

  25. peterlam
    1 year ago

    I followed Fast and Abstinence on Good Friday better than ever before, except to confession myself.

  26. Almut
    1 year ago

    Everyone gave up something they really liked to do or enjoy this lend.

    My 8 year old daughter gave up eating ketch up which is really hard she loves it with almost every meal.
    My 10 year old daughter gave up to cause any fight with her younger sister and lend an extra hand to everyone in the family and with friends and she was very successful with that.
    My 16 year old daughter wanted to keep it to herself.
    I myself enjoy with my partner a glass of beer or wine we ususally split for dinner - however no alcohol for the lend and we kept it up just fine :)

  27. daniela
    1 year ago

    I gave up everything, i enjoy to eat in regular basis , for example candy, chips, soda, cookies, chocolate, snacks of other kind for example nuts and crackers. Im surprised that I actually made it. You feel strong once you know you can stay away from temptation.

  28. Ess moral
    1 year ago

    I deactivated my Facebook account.

  29. carmen johnson
    1 year ago

    This lent season I am giving up meat since ash wed until easter. Ask always every lent is just,how to cleans my soul and repentance

  30. susan
    1 year ago

    I gave up all music except christian music.

  31. Dean
    1 year ago

    This year i gave up all sexual activity for Lent, I have been doing this ever since i converted to catholic.

  32. Mwape
    1 year ago

    In catholic, but I have never given up anything for lent until this year. I decided to give up music. The first week in, I didn't think I'd make it. But, I have and it's given me a chance to get closer to God. :D

  33. debra
    1 year ago

    I have given up myself. I have studied the sins and looked at myself so I can trul
    y recognize my sins. This in turn has shown me how much a sacrifice Jesus made for us. This Lenten season has opened my eyes and I am not stopping because lent stops. I desire the calmness achieved.

  34. Macie
    1 year ago

    I am not catholic, yet. But for the past 2 years I have given up something for lent. Last year I have up soda. I haven't had one since. This year I have given up meat. I only stumbled 3 times but am still going. Lent has helped me give up something that I did not realize I didn't need. Next year will be dairy products.

  35. Judith Amass
    1 year ago

    Both my daughter and I are church of England but she attends a Catholic secondary school.
    Faith is important to us and this year I gave up both coffee and chocolate and she gave up chocolate. With Gods help we will achieve this.

  36. ann
    1 year ago

    I didn't give up anything but rather chose to pray for non-believers. Let's pray for those so hurtful and doubtful and have ugliness in their hearts.

  37. Lydia
    1 year ago

    I pray every morning and every evening. I try to stop and smell the roses more often.

    I am not Christian, but i would love to build a relationship between God and myself this lent season.

  38. Katushabe Moureen
    1 year ago

    I gave up alcohol in this lent period

  39. Paul Borboa
    1 year ago

    I didn't give up anything (aside from the obligatory Friday and Holy Day abstinence of course) for Lent; instead I chose to say a rosary every day. The premise being, if I say it daily during Lent, it will help me be in the frame of mind to remember to say it regularly (at least once a week) for the rest of my life.

    I see this as an opportunity for spiritual growth.

  40. Flora
    1 year ago

    I gave up meat in general

  41. Carolyn Urbina
    1 year ago

    Me and my 7 year old daughter have been giving up all our pocket change and one dollars bills up to our rice bowls. Let all hard feelings go and to forgive all who has hurt me. Not watching tv about 6 hrs. a day and replacing it with reading my Bible. Learning to keep my opinions to my self.

  42. jS
    1 year ago

    This year i'm trying to be a much friendlier person to everyone.

  43. jocy
    1 year ago

    i gave up coffee...the hardest thing to give up for me...for this lent...hope i can give up more....

  44. Trish
    1 year ago

    My husband and I gave up alcohol. First week was a busy of, non-routine week which made it a little easier. Now it's Friday in the second week, and, feeling rather low, I wish I had a glass of wine to look forward to. Was hoping that by clearing my body of alcohol, I would discover some sort of spiritual clarity. Can't say that has happened, but I'm not known for my patience. Would love some grown-up encouragement. I have two teenagers (nuf said) and keeping my chin up isn't always so easy.

  45. Carolyn
    1 year ago

    I have given up white sugar and desserts. It is my desire to strengthen my physical body through this act so I can better serve the Lord Jesus.

  46. Steve
    1 year ago

    I gave up coffee for the Lent season

  47. Connie
    1 year ago

    I gave up meat. I am taking on reading my bible and praying some more. Social Media will go as well.

  48. Paul
    1 year ago

    I gave up my favorite snack food - potato chips.

  49. Sonia
    1 year ago

    Five days ago(March 5th) I gave up chocolate, candy, brownies,cookies. I crave it daily, for lent.

  50. JJ
    1 year ago

    For lent I am giving up fighting with my siblings. I am not catholic but I used to be.... I'm Episcopal. Today is the first Sunday of Lent... GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!!!

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