Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ash Wednesday

For Lent this year, I've decided to give up soft drinks and meat (the usual).

Anyone else giving up anything for Lent?

18 comments:

Andy said...

I've gone back on the South Beach Diet for Lent, which means giving up a lot of stuff I really like...such as bread, ice cream, cookies, and, sadly, vodka. Hopefully I can lose 20 lbs by Easter.

Alan said...

Moderation. Celibacy. Eating dirt. (Yes, that last one is pretty easy to give up, but I like to have at least one easily achievable, measurable Lenten goal.)

palochi said...

i've given up making unreasonable sacrifices.

Zeitzeuge said...

Um, I've given up being lazy and not working out.

So I've joined a gym.

But not for lent.

timothyjlambert said...

I give up. That's it.

Marc said...

My rabbi was never very concerned about Lent, so I never really bothered with it. ;)

Jess said...

Oops. That last one was me. Marc's not Catholic, but he's not Jewish, either. So no Lent for him. :)

(That sounded soup-nazi-ish. No Lent for you!)

Jess said...

Wait. He just told me that it's not just a Catholic thing (which makes sense--you're not Catholic, are you? And I know Andy isn't). Oh, just ignore me! :)

Lee said...

LOL! Zeitie's going to slap me silly but I read his comment as "...and not putting out."

Since Lent ain't my religious thing,I don't have to worry.

Andy said...

I am trying to give up chastity, but I need volunteers.

High-church Episcopalians, sometimes described as Anglo-Catholics, like to observe Lenten fasts and the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. We don't believe that fasting is required, or that it particularly "counts" for anything with God. Early in his ministry (right after his baptism), Jesus went out into the desert and fasted and meditated 40 days. So Lent lasts 40 days (not counting Sundays, for some odd reason). It ends...oh, shucks, I'm not sure whether it *officially* ends on Palm Sunday or Easter; I think the latter. I could count in my calendar, but...meh. Or I could Google it. Anyway, typically we pick something important but non-essential from which to abstain in this period, as a symbolic way to remind ourselves, everytime we desire this thing, of the Sacrifice that was made for us on the Cross. This year the Episcopal Church has asked its members to observe a fast in solidarity with the millions of people around the world who have nothing to give up.

Tuna Girl said...

I haven't given up anything for Lent since the nuns made us do it in junior high. But I'm very much in the spirit of "nothing good or fun during Lent" right now. It just seems like good timing.

MzOuiser said...

I'm back on Weight Watchers, and that's all I can handle for now...

MzOuiser said...

And Jess is impossible to ignore!

Jeff said...

I've given up arbitrary, irrational rituals. And I've given up withholding mockery.

Oh, wait. I never withheld. As you were.

Helen the Felon said...

Now that the Blarg Hop is over, I'm going to give up running around in gay bars, acting like a crazy bitch. Maybe.

Great to see you!

David said...

Catholicism.

Jase said...

Really? People still do that?

Maddog said...

You are brave giving up soda. I'd last about three minutes. I often wonder if there's a 12 step program for people addicted to Diet Coke.