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101 - 150 of 211 What did you give up for Lent?

  1. lisha
    2 years ago

    im giving up meat for meat because i really love eating it

  2. Anna
    2 years ago

    I am giving up listening to rock and roll music for lent. I had no idea how hard it would be because it is played in the background at a lot of fast food restaurants and is such a part of everyday life in America.

  3. anne santiago
    2 years ago

    I have given up facebook and chocolates..

  4. Bethany
    2 years ago

    I am giving up sweets- and I have probable avoided about 10,000 calories! (sweets includes cookies, cake, candy, dessert, anything with chocolate)

  5. Jess
    2 years ago

    Kudos to the folks giving up driving their car! I love it! You rock.

  6. rad
    2 years ago

    For the 40 days of Lent......I chose to fast and abstain. Not easy for one who's got a medical condition like me but I wanna do it this time. And just like the years before, I gave up FB and other social networking sites and focus more on sites like Catholic Online to learn more about our Catholic faith. It helps in my spiritual reflections, develops a lot of discipline and fortifies my realization that I am indeed blessed in many ways and have so much to be grateful for.

  7. Sarah
    2 years ago

    I've been struggling with negativity and depression...and I'm starting late. I just decided it's time to return to church and baptize my daughter who is 7 months old. I am giving up that negativity and accepting the peace that spirituality brings to be back into my life.

  8. Isabella Hof
    2 years ago

    I know this will sound VERY stupid..... but I gave up Justin Bieber for Lent and I have done really well! :)

  9. Dianne
    2 years ago

    I giving up the sweets and junk food and am praying the rosary daily for an incarcerated person I know.

  10. John Beevers
    2 years ago

    Once again I have given up red wine or should I say alcohol altogether for Lent. I have done it now for about three years. Not easy at all but I know it will do me good in more ways than one.

  11. sam
    2 years ago

    i gave up playing xbox

  12. Nne oge
    2 years ago

    My onw word is that everybody must keep he or her way clean for the gloria of his name

  13. Rae
    2 years ago

    I'm not yet confirmed - not until next year. This was my first Lent. Since I have not eaten meat since 2004, I decided to give up desserts & junk food. But last night - 17th, I cheated and had an ice cream cone and some chips. I feel like a failure ! I was able to give up meat with no problem. I see others eat it, remember how good my favorite dishes tasted, yet am not really tempted to go back to it. I would confess but I can't do so until I'm confirmed. I have bigger things to confess once allowed anyway. Thanks for listening...

  14. ALICE SIBI
    2 years ago

    PRAISE THE LORD THIS IS GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO PROCLAIM HIS WORDS. I GAVE UP MY ALL TYPES OF SWEETS SPECIALLY CAKES,CHOCOLATES,SUGAR, BECAUSE I LOVE SWEETS.

  15. K B
    2 years ago

    Lent is a very emotional time for me, a time to reflect not only on Jesus and our Lord (what he went through) but also on his child...me! I try very hard to be true to my God, myself and my Faith during this special time of year. A Holy time of year. I give up; Worry, Control, Selfishness and Greed. I give myself to God as a whole. I reach for a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and also who I am as someone Jesus Loves! My Mother and Father gave this gift to me as they did my six brothers. They set us on this path of relationship with Our Father in love and selflessness. I give things up that only God and I can see, but everyone around me can feel. I love my God and I will give myself up to him this Lenten Season.

  16. David Graf
    2 years ago

    I have given up snacks between meals, bread ( except for The Holy Euchatrist), donuts, any sweet rolls.

  17. Louise
    2 years ago

    I am doing my best to give up all forms of cursing. Learning to bite my tongue. Also spend more time with my kids.

  18. Paula
    2 years ago

    1. Being more patient with my family.
    2. Praying the Rosary daily for the consecration of Russia as Our Lady of Fatima has asked.
    3. Doing some inspirational reading or research on the Internet each day.

  19. Kim Polingo
    2 years ago

    I don't give up so much as to "give" to my prayer life. I sent years as a child "giving up" the candy and sweets. As I got older I started "giving." I gave more of my time to teaching my children the real meanings and the bibical meanings to our "giving up." Now my children are all grown and they now "give" to their children, I "give" support by adding time in prayer for this next genaration of "givers."

  20. Edith
    2 years ago

    I am going to give up facebook , and only get on once a week. I am going to stop my inappropriate language. I will also stop eating so much junk food. Things that are all very hard to do for me.

  21. grace
    2 years ago

    i gave up my bed for lent. i sleep on the floor every night and i also am saying a hail mary every night and im giving up playing games like apps and board games.

  22. Nonto Mhlanga
    2 years ago

    l am giving up chocolate,alcohol and music (excluding gospel).

  23. Eve
    2 years ago

    Anger, meat, alcohol, oil, sugar

  24. Alda
    2 years ago

    I gave up meat and dairy for lent.

  25. apondi monica
    2 years ago

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

  26. Janelle Martinez
    2 years ago

    I gave up negativity, twitter, and instagram.

  27. Taylor
    2 years ago

    I gave up pepsi(pop) for lent.

  28. Benjamin
    2 years 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.

  29. Mary
    2 years ago

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

  30. Annie Perkins
    2 years ago

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

  31. Adela Ayala
    2 years 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

  32. Hailey
    2 years 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.

  33. Taylor
    2 years ago

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

  34. ronnie
    2 years 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.

  35. Elizabeth Wegener
    2 years ago

    Chicken. I gave up chicken for lent.

  36. Mark Lauritzen
    2 years ago

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

  37. Kent
    2 years ago

    I am giving up all alcohol and pizza for Lent.

  38. Patricia a Mortley
    2 years 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.

  39. Jasmine Holloway
    2 years 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.

  40. Annonymous
    3 years ago

    i gave up make up for lent. :)

  41. Valentim
    3 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

  42. Dixie
    3 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.

  43. Sharon
    3 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.

  44. Mohan
    3 years ago

    Meat,Alcohol & Movies

  45. Nancy
    3 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.

  46. Laura
    3 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.

  47. Dennis
    3 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.

  48. Silvana
    3 years ago

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

  49. Seun
    3 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.

  50. BENG
    3 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...


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