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101 - 150 of 188 What did you give up for Lent?

  1. Alda
    1 year ago

    I gave up meat and dairy for lent.

  2. apondi monica
    1 year ago

    I gave up Facebook, is fasting from 6am to 3pm everyday and will read the Bible each day.

  3. Janelle Martinez
    1 year ago

    I gave up negativity, twitter, and instagram.

  4. Taylor
    1 year ago

    I gave up pepsi(pop) for lent.

  5. Benjamin
    1 year ago

    Good Evening,
    I plan on giving up my cell phone, i spoke to my children and wife as well as my parents..if there is any emergency then they could call me...I'll only answer my cell if it's from my boys, wife and parents....no texting, twitter, facebook.... I'm debating giving up television and just listening to music and reading ....it will be difficult, but it's nothing compared to what JESUS did for us.

  6. Mary
    1 year ago

    I'm giving up sweets, and I'm going to say the Rosary everyday and decicate it something different everyday.

  7. Annie Perkins
    1 year ago

    I gave up tv. It was addicting to me. I became more religious and more focused on god

  8. Adela Ayala
    1 year ago

    It was hard for me to give up lent the past years, but this year im willing to stay commited and i chose to give up on cussing and to write one person per week that has been inspirational to my life

  9. Hailey
    1 year ago

    This will be my very first lent as an unbaptized member of the catholic church. I am a catechumen taking part in the RCIA process and will be baptized this Easter. For lent I have decided to give up all music (save for praise & worship and at mass). Music is a big part of my life and it will be very difficult for me to refrain from listening to my favourite artists. Instead I will fill my life with more intentional prayer, daily rosaries, and music that reflects the teachings of Christ. I will also refrain from eating lunch every Friday, as my hunger will remind me to reflect on the sacrifice Christ made on the cross.

  10. Taylor
    1 year ago

    I'm a college student, and for lent I'm giving up driving my car. Saving money AND the environment!

  11. ronnie
    1 year ago

    Instead of giving something up I decided to make Lent a season of giving. I've decided to do at least 1 act of kindness each day. It's amazing to see how that one act can be such a blessing for another, especially if they pay it forward.

  12. Elizabeth Wegener
    1 year ago

    Chicken. I gave up chicken for lent.

  13. Mark Lauritzen
    1 year ago

    I give up Beer and all Alcohol ever Lent for the past 6 years....

  14. Kent
    1 year ago

    I am giving up all alcohol and pizza for Lent.

  15. Patricia a Mortley
    1 year ago

    I'm going to give up sweets for lent this is going to be hard, lots of prayer will be needed because I love my sweets. candies cakes yummmmmm.

  16. Jasmine Holloway
    1 year ago

    I am giving up all online shopping which has become an addiction for me. I plan to use Catholic Online for prayers and education and my parish church for reconciliation, penance and just sitting in church when its quiet spending time with our Blessed Lord and allowing Him to speak to me in my heart.

  17. Annonymous
    2 years ago

    i gave up make up for lent. :)

  18. Valentim
    2 years ago

    Thank God 4 a period of time like dis dat some can reflect on his deeds that are wrong.this lent period have change me to so many things,am no angry as i used to be i take time to go to chaple and pray i praye my rosary,fast,etc. Even my most bad behavour wich is 'gay' act am now given it up to God thank 4 me i cant stop loving him.hapi easter

  19. Dixie
    2 years ago

    For Lent I gave up all sodas, especially coca-cola. I can really see now that with faith I can REALLY deny any glutonous tempation, and now I can live a more healthy lifestyle. :)
    I think for next year I will be completly abstinent.

  20. Sharon
    2 years ago

    For Lent I gave up soft drinks. I have also been attending a bible study group at church that was focused on scripture about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

  21. Mohan
    2 years ago

    Meat,Alcohol & Movies

  22. Nancy
    2 years ago

    I gave up meat, chocolate and swearing. attend FB no more than once a week. Give thanks for the many blessings in my life and pray for those who face challenges in theirs.

  23. Laura
    2 years ago

    I gave up internet shopping and am using milk (vs cream) in my coffee. I'm dieting (unrelated to Lent) so I cut down on sugar too--I may continue this as an ongoing fast throughout the year on Fridays after the diet is over. I think it is a major mistake that the Catholic Church in the US got a waiver from abstinence from meat on all Fridays of the year. I didn't know it's part of our obligation to abstain from something else or do some sort of other good work or penance on every Friday of the year to make up for eating meat on those days that were formerly fast days. I don't know a single Catholic who is aware of that obligation. I'm a convert and I don't remember this being discussed in RCIA (but maybe I just conveniently forgot). Now that I know, I'm going to try to live up to it.

  24. Dennis
    2 years ago

    I gave up all alcoholic beverages for Lent. It was especially challenging during all the basketball games but it helped me see my life in a different way. The experience has made me appreciate my family more and brought my focus back to us.

  25. Silvana
    2 years ago

    I gave up alcohol - it was hard as I enjoy a glass of wine.

  26. Seun
    2 years ago

    This being my first Lent I thought of making it special by giving up all forms of random pleasure from that bag of extra pure water to excess food and meat.

  27. BENG
    2 years ago

    I gave up a life of complete disregard for health and wellness. I found out 3 weeks before that I was pregnant. Eight days ago, I started to bleed and is still unsure if my pregnancy will push through or will end up in miscarriage. After my OB consult, I had to go to an endocrinologist since I totally ignored my high blood sugar. Now that I may have threatened abortion, I listened to the instructions of my endocrinologist and started monitoring my blood sugar and taking insulin. Slowly I am giving up the foods I love to eat. I should take care of myself for my children and husband who need me...Jesus suffered on the cross for our sins...giving up a little of what we enjoyed and loved pale in comparision to HIs sacrifices...

  28. Nicole G
    2 years ago

    For lent this year our family decided on no fast food or restaurants. It has been hard at times but very rewarding. Most of the best conversations I've had take place at home around the dinner table.

  29. jose fineza
    2 years ago

    The forty days of Lent gave me the opportunity to go confession with our new parish priest to whom I pour out my sinful life. He was full of compassion and His voice is the voice of Christ telling me to change my ways. I promised with my closed tearful eyes that "I will". I know that with God's Grace and with the absolution that I received, giving up my worldly, physical and fleshly desires will result to my attainment of an everlasting life. So I am asking this community whosoever will read this short exhortation to pray for me.

  30. Peter Moran
    2 years ago

    I had to give up sweets, especially candy, baked goods, and sugar-flavored sodas.

  31. Rizza Jeane Teraza
    2 years ago

    I will give up my mobile phone from a busy appointments and work. Just to have peace and give more time to GOD and my family on Good Friday.

  32. Jodi
    2 years ago

    This is my first Lent and I gave up facebook. It was and still is as hard as when I quit smoking 10 years ago.

  33. angel matthews
    2 years ago

    giving up sinning is not a sacrifice. It is denying p;easures and doing things we dont want to do like working extra notdeciding we wont cuss,. a sin or get angry. we need to experience the suffering that our Lord did. Have a blessed Easter to everyone and God bless those of all faiths

  34. PATTY
    2 years ago

    I gave up meat ,fast on wednesday and friday .took part in prayers more than often.attend the stations of the cross every week day.

  35. sophia
    2 years ago

    i gave up Facebook and twitter. i mihgt not seem like much but it has removed some temtations from my everyday life and keep me from the gossip =)

  36. edgar barban
    2 years ago

    I gave meat,chicken and soda
    the main things I love
    I hate Fish but I'm trying it

  37. Theresa
    2 years ago

    I didn't give up any thing. I chose to go to web sites to pray for others. I am fairly new to the computer but I thought I could give something back to God for all the good things He does for me. There are so many peole in need and if my small contribution of prayer can help then I thank God for that which I can do. May God give to each His love.

  38. Jeggie
    2 years ago

    I resolved from cursing and gossiping. I am trying to go forward in a positive perspective on people and life in general.

  39. Jeanne
    2 years ago

    I have given up chocolate and other goodies. I have been able to be about 95% honest with this: But, admit failing a few times. I forgave myself and started all over again. I have used the Internet to research the Stations of the Cross, Ash Wednesday and Lent. I am trying very hard to keep focusing on being connected with the Spirit everyday, throughout the day. Jesus Christ is awesome for dying because of my sins. For this I am forever grateful: And, I am truly, very sorry for every sin I have committed. Thank you to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for the gift of life----Without You I cannot live.

  40. THOMAS SARKAR
    2 years ago

    THOMAS SARKAR: I give up grudges, animocity & revenge.

  41. brian boyer
    2 years ago

    I gave up mt dews

  42. Vera
    2 years ago

    I gave up meat, dairy with rare exceptions. processed grain products except rice, allth candy, pop with the exception of rare sips, alcohol. That leaves only fruits and vegetables and rice. I also am trying to say the rosary every day but I get tired, I also am trying to read spiritual reading every day. This is all really hard but I am 99 percent successful. I hope when lent is over. I will be able to continue to say the rosary every day and pray every day.

  43. Jordan Anthony
    2 years ago

    I gave up chocolate for lent.

  44. joe
    2 years ago

    I'm giving up soda pop which is difficult for me because it is my favorite, especially Dr. Pepper.

  45. Jessica james
    2 years ago

    I always pray that God will accompany me to give up my life and be like him. I mean not like being killed on cross but giving up all the things that separate me from Him.

  46. Johannes
    2 years ago

    I have more time for my religious life, to pray, to meet God.
    I give up watching TV and internet during night time.

  47. Laone Morake
    2 years ago

    I gave up fizzy drinks

  48. Sonia
    2 years ago

    I am giving up music other than the Ave Maria, also I will pick up the rosary as a habit and learn my Catholic religion that I love better. Thank you guys for being here.

  49. Ethan
    2 years ago

    I gave up Soda.

  50. Katie
    2 years ago

    All candy, sodas, fast food, baked goods, chips etc. And to regain my faith.


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