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Lent
« on: February 13, 2016, 04:10:05 AM »
Too much political, not enough religious lately.

So, anyone giving anything up for Lent?  Or how do you otherwise prepare for Easter?  Any special habits, rituals, or observations?
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Re: Lent
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2016, 03:18:13 PM »
I'm giving myself up.
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Re: Lent
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2016, 04:19:40 PM »
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Re: Lent
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2016, 05:24:14 PM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?

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Re: Lent
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2016, 06:10:11 PM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?
I take it he finds those 20 lbs by the next Lent.

Not being religious, I look for local deals on fish.  Love fish, so thank you to all those that create these conditions.
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Re: Lent
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2016, 07:02:10 PM »
Not being religious, I look for local deals on fish.  Love fish, so thank you to all those that create these conditions.
Yeah, my main concern during Lent is always finding the best fish. :lol

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Re: Lent
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2016, 04:45:18 AM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?
I've never heard of anyone being that strict.
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Re: Lent
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2016, 07:21:44 AM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?
I've never heard of anyone being that strict.

My grandfather - may he rest in peace - would fast from Holy Thursday night (at midnight) until the Easter celebration following mass. 

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Re: Lent
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2016, 11:06:21 AM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?
I've never heard of anyone being that strict.

My grandfather - may he rest in peace - would fast from Holy Thursday night (at midnight) until the Easter celebration following mass.
While somewhat extreme, that's really only a few days, not a practice for all of Lent.
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Re: Lent
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2016, 03:35:40 PM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?
I've never heard of anyone being that strict.

Neither did I until then. As much as I'm agnostic, I find some respect in what he does. Regardless of what he believes, the principle of being that steadfast with something is admirable. He's not harming anyone. He's not breaking the law. He's simply adhering to his faith in his own way.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2016, 05:13:23 PM »
Stop giving stuff up for me. ;)
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Re: Lent
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2016, 09:54:52 AM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?
How does one truly fast for 40 days?

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Re: Lent
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2016, 10:29:25 AM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?
How does one truly fast for 40 days?

If you're fat enough and are allowed to drink water, you might be able to make it 40 days. If you aren't allowed water, it's not possible.

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« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2016, 10:53:36 AM »
I like what Pope Francis suggested recently. That if people choose to give something up for Lent, he's encouraging them to give up indifference (and obviously hopes they'll keep that going even after Lent). Basically, instead of giving up a material thing, making more of an effort to help the less fortunate in whatever way you can.

In addition to that, while I don't usually give up a specific thing during Lent, I do usually make an effort to simplify a bit, and be more modest with what I consume. Also, I like using it as a time to really reflect on where I'm at in life, and what my priorities are/should be.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2016, 11:51:30 AM »
I like using it as a time to really reflect on where I'm at in life, and what my priorities are/should be.
I think this is probably the most effective thing.
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Re: Lent
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2016, 12:02:37 PM »
I like using it as a time to really reflect on where I'm at in life, and what my priorities are/should be.
I think this is probably the most effective thing.

I know a girl who writes a letter every day of lent and sends it to someone she cares about.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2016, 12:23:44 PM »
Obviously, I don't partake in that. However, I wanted to add that my ex-wife's cousin's husband is Greek Orthodox and he fasts completely throughout Lent. He loses something like 20 pounds. Anyone else here that strict?
How does one truly fast for 40 days?

If you're fat enough and are allowed to drink water, you might be able to make it 40 days. If you aren't allowed water, it's not possible.

I'm not sure what it was he did consume, but I'm assuming water was one of them. Maybe someone here who is Greek Orthodox has done this.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2016, 12:29:09 PM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.

But this all goes into my own personal religious beliefs so I get it that I am not traditional at all.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2016, 12:39:04 PM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.



That's okay to do now (I think it has been since the Pope Paul said it was okay in the 60s). I've read that it was originally put into practice because the pope was invested in Italian fishermen. Not sure about the validity of that though.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #20 on: February 17, 2016, 12:41:48 PM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.



That's okay to do now (I think it has been since the Pope Paul said it was okay in the 60s). I've read that it was originally put into practice because the pope was invested in Italian fishermen. Not sure about the validity of that though.

Didn't know that at all, but if that's true it just adds to my feelings that these are humans doing human things and it has no bearing on religion.  That's the way I feel about it and I know it goes against Christianity.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2016, 12:55:16 PM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.



That's okay to do now (I think it has been since the Pope Paul said it was okay in the 60s). I've read that it was originally put into practice because the pope was invested in Italian fishermen. Not sure about the validity of that though.

I heard that same reason, but can't be sure if it's actually true. The no meat rule varies though. Some people don't eat meat on Fridays throughout Lent only. My grandmother never ate meat on Fridays throughout the entire year. She said herself that it's not documented anywhere that people must do it; it's just dependent on how a person wants to practice their faith.


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Re: Lent
« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2016, 01:00:37 PM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.



That's okay to do now (I think it has been since the Pope Paul said it was okay in the 60s). I've read that it was originally put into practice because the pope was invested in Italian fishermen. Not sure about the validity of that though.

I heard that same reason, but can't be sure if it's actually true. The no meat rule varies though. Some people don't eat meat on Fridays throughout Lent only. My grandmother never ate meat on Fridays throughout the entire year. She said herself that it's not documented anywhere that people must do it; it's just dependent on how a person wants to practice their faith.

There's a hot dog place in CT called Blackies (really good hot dogs) that's closed on Fridays. It's been around since my parents were kids and it being closed on Friday is due to the fact that they'd do no business on Fridays (back in the day). Now the owners probably do it because it's a cash cow and having Fridays off is awesome.

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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2016, 01:07:41 PM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.



That's okay to do now (I think it has been since the Pope Paul said it was okay in the 60s). I've read that it was originally put into practice because the pope was invested in Italian fishermen. Not sure about the validity of that though.

I heard that same reason, but can't be sure if it's actually true. The no meat rule varies though. Some people don't eat meat on Fridays throughout Lent only. My grandmother never ate meat on Fridays throughout the entire year. She said herself that it's not documented anywhere that people must do it; it's just dependent on how a person wants to practice their faith.

There's a hot dog place in CT called Blackies (really good hot dogs) that's closed on Fridays. It's been around since my parents were kids and it being closed on Friday is due to the fact that they'd do no business on Fridays (back in the day). Now the owners probably do it because it's a cash cow and having Fridays off is awesome.

That's interesting and the first time I've ever heard of that. I've never seen a place around here that's closed on Fridays.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2016, 02:20:23 PM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.

But this all goes into my own personal religious beliefs so I get it that I am not traditional at all.
I think the original intention of giving something up for Lent was to symbolically identify (if even in a small way) with the sacrifice made by Christ.
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Re: Lent
« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2016, 02:42:08 PM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.

But this all goes into my own personal religious beliefs so I get it that I am not traditional at all.
I think the original intention of giving something up for Lent was to symbolically identify (if even in a small way) with the sacrifice made by Christ.

Oh, I know that.  I'm thinking a bit bigger, like why is it that a human today needs to make a symbolical sacrifice because Christ had done the same?  Lent is only with regards to one religion, but I think of it not much different than Jews during passover and Muslims during Ramadan.  I understand my view is going to be a minority view in this, I just don't understand why us lowly humans perform such mundane things to make us feel the same impact as Christ or whoever felt when they made their sacrifice. 

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« Reply #26 on: February 17, 2016, 06:33:09 PM »
Previously, I have been very selfish in what I give up for Lent. For example, I once gave up sugar...but of course, I did so in part for others reasons (because I wanted to look better and be healthier). My sacrifices weren't pure - not that they ever could be, but you understand.

I am not celebrating Lent this year. If I were to, though, I would give up the internet, email-checking, text-checking, and my smartphone. All those things that are distracters from relationship with Christ.
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Re: Lent
« Reply #27 on: February 18, 2016, 11:33:12 AM »
Never really understood the point in giving something up honestly.  Sure there's plenty of things I don't need or that I should give up to better myself, but to me, and even as a somewhat religion Christian, I never understood many of the things where you have to sacrifice something from yourself to serve a religious purpose.  Same with no eating meat on Fridays.  I just see these as things humans do, but having no real impact on my religious beliefs.  I don't think I have even attempted to follow this lent tradition in at least 20 years.



That's okay to do now (I think it has been since the Pope Paul said it was okay in the 60s). I've read that it was originally put into practice because the pope was invested in Italian fishermen. Not sure about the validity of that though.

I heard that same reason, but can't be sure if it's actually true. The no meat rule varies though. Some people don't eat meat on Fridays throughout Lent only. My grandmother never ate meat on Fridays throughout the entire year. She said herself that it's not documented anywhere that people must do it; it's just dependent on how a person wants to practice their faith.

There's a hot dog place in CT called Blackies (really good hot dogs) that's closed on Fridays. It's been around since my parents were kids and it being closed on Friday is due to the fact that they'd do no business on Fridays (back in the day). Now the owners probably do it because it's a cash cow and having Fridays off is awesome.

LOVE Blackies.   I remember the first time I ate there (at the break for my CT Bar Exam). 

It's not that far off from Chick-fil-A being closed on Sundays.

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Re: Lent
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2016, 10:50:05 PM »
For the past 23 years I have given up Julia Roberts for Lent. I won't see her, speak to her, take her calls, or anything else. I totally and completely have no dealings with her during Lent, and it has worked out fine for me. Granted, I have never met Julia Roberts, and she more than likely has no clue or care that I exist, probably. But, I remain clear of conscience up until Easter every year.
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