What do you give up for Lent? (updated)

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The wonderful thing about Lent is that, like in life, it’s never too late to start on the right path. Have you given up something for Lent? What are you fasting from? B16 has recently reminded us in the letter for Lent that fasting is probably one of the more effective practices for this season of turning back to God and what is essential in life. Certianly Prayer and Works of Charity are great too. Many people focus on what they can do or add to their life that makes a positive impact… spend more time with family, in service to others, in prayer, etc.  Here are some interesting ideas for Lent.

A Carbon Fast for Lent  (very franciscan)

Give up Facebook for Lent (ouch!)

No texting on Fridays of Lent! (NEW)

A Gossip-Free Lent (impossible?)

Vegetarian Fast 😦

Almsgiving (very traditional)

Work for Justice & Peace (also traditional)

Pray online, on your computer or mobile device (useful!)


  1. Must confess that I haven’t given up anything for Lent as yet … I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t gamble, I don’t drive …. but I think I’ll work more for justice and peace (your point 6).

  2. Ive read that lenten fasts are more about being close with god than simply taking it easy on our comforts. So, when we decide to give things up that we know are bad for us or start habits that are good fir us and the community, the idea is not to stop this practice once easter is over. Once youve slowed down and become closer to god why should we stop??

  3. Those options presented are really very good, not only we do it for the Lord and for others but a good way to develop “self discipline.” I will ask grace from the Lord that the thing I chose will become ( my )”habit/vice.”

    I will serve the hungry through casserole.


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