I am going to try to make it a perpetual habit of abstaining on every Friday of the year. It’s so easy to abstain during Lent because it’s pushed and it just feels different, everyone knows, while it’s hard for me to remember to abstain or do something else for the rest of the year because it isn’t pushed and there just isn’t that “culture factor,” I suppose. Funny because all my friends think Catholics still abstain from meat on every Friday and mass is in Latin. I was the same way until I converted.
This year is going to be quite intense. I will limit myself to only one hour of television and one hour of video games a day, I will abstain completely from pop and sweets as is a tradition of mine, I will read an hour and a half of books about Saints or something else theological, read half an hour of the Bible everyday, do more school, be in bed by eleven at night if I can help it, sleep on the floor, pray an hour and a half a day or more if possible, exercise more, and eat less. This just about sums it up, though I’ve probably forgotten a few things.
Abstaining from meat on Fridays.
Reading the entire New Testament.
I’ll be giving up something but I’m not sure exactly what yet, most likely television.
I’ll probably scrape together as much extra money as I can to donate to the poor for food and such things.
Yup, I forgot a few things, Abstaining for one - no problem with diabetic diet on that!
Also, giving up booze - we like that evening cocktail so the hub and I are giving that up except for Sundays.
Mom was a cutie - we always gave up candy for Lent, except for Sundays. Mom said Sundays were not technically Lent. Not sure about that, but a fond memory just the same. I think she just missed candy. So we are giving ourselves a bye on Sundays!
I guess I will give up supper and donate the saved money to a charity organization, but I will continue practice dancing, I suppose, but won’t go out dancing, and in addition to that I won’t eat sweets, hopefully I can bring myself to do some fitness exercises.
That’s the one thing I am proud of beeing a catholic, that I am able to do that stunt!
I’m going to give up complaining. It’s really shameful how much I do it, mostly just to myself, muttering under my breath, but that hardly makes it better. No complaining about the weather, about hubby, about loud kids who won’t listen (yes, mine ), and especially no complaining about no complaining.
No meat on Fridays (obvious)
No sushi except for my birthday (and even then only if someone was treating me)
No dropping hints about wanting to be treated to sushi for my birthday.
No french fries
No “fun knitting”. Forget those Dr. Who scarves and cable sweaters (Whaaaaaaa! I’ll miss you!). All knitting will be for Hats 4 the Homeless. Every Christmas I find myself wishing I did Lenten charity knitting. I certainly have enough leftover yarn for it. I’m finally going to do it this year.
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