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What can YOU give up for Lent?

Things you could give up for Lent:

  • Television (or certain shows)
  • The radio (all the time, certain time of day, etc.)
  • Favorite foods (pizza, ice cream, etc.)
  • Eating out
  • Alcohol
  • Soft drinks/caffeine/coffee
  • Smoking
  • Clutter
  • Debt (using credit cards)
  • Certain books/magazines (read ones that will help you grow spiritually)
  • Social Media sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.)
  • Computer use/blogging
  • Negativity/Stress
  • Gossip
  • Road rage
  • Lying
  • Swearing/foul language
  • Addictions
  • Procrastination
  • Working overtime (unnecessarily)
  • Social Networking

Things Children could give up or add for Lent:

  • Television (or certain shows)
  • Video games
  • Computer (games, social networking, etc.)
  • Fighting with siblings
  • Being disrespectful to parents
  • Lying
  • Soft drinks
  • Sweets/Candy
  • Being nice to friends/classmates/teachers
  • Doing homework on time
  • Doing chores
  • Going to bed on time
  • Reading the Bible
  • Saving money/allowance to give the Church/charity
  • Sharing with others
  • Paying attention during Mass

Things to add during Lent:

  • Going to Mass more than once a week
  • Praying the Rosary
  • Attending weekly Stations of the Cross
  • Making time for personal prayer with the Lord
  • Praying with your family
  • Going to Confession
  • Quiet time
  • Commitment to exercise
  • Making time for your spouse/children
  • Sacrificing for your spouse/children
  • Affirming those around you (daily or weekly)
  • Being a better friend
  • Staying positive
  • Volunteering
  • Works of Mercy (feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, etc.)
  • Tithing
  • Getting enough sleep at night
  • Being on time

During Lent, we as Christians are given a unique opportunity to prepare our hearts to receive the Paschal Mystery of Christ (His passion, death, and resurrection). When we give up something for Lent, we endure our sacrifice as a reminder of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice on the Cross. When we add something to our daily lives, we experience the sacrifice of carrying our cross in a deeper way. This Lenten season, embrace the call of the Church and of Christ in making room for the Lord in your heart.

In order to decide what to give up for Lent, you should first identify the things in your life that have taken over. Sit down and pray about what has become a controlling factor of your life. It could easily be a food, activity, or object. Once you have determined what you need to remove from your life (even if it is only for the duration of Lent) you can decide if it is something you can or should give up completely or simply decrease its presence in your life. It’s not just a matter of saying, “I really like chocolate, so I should give it up completely.” What you could say is, “I spend far too much time watching television when I should be spending time in prayer or with my family. I am going to decrease my television time and increase the time I spend with my family and with God.”

To guide you in deciding what to give up or add for Lent, see the lists below. Allow your decision to be rooted in prayer and strengthened through Christ. Through this season of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, may we come to know the Lord more deeply and recognize all He gives to us each day.

What is turning our eyes from Christ? How can we give up on the old ways to prepare for a new life in Christ?

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