What Are You Giving Up for Lent in 2013?

Feb. 13, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lent. What are you sacrificing?

Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday, makes up the most venerated days in the Christian calendar. Feb. 13, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lenten season when Christians are asked to prepare for the resurrection of Jesus Christ through repentance, prayer, atonement and self-denial.

More: Find Ash Wednesday and Lent services in Dearborn by checking the Dearborn Patch events calendar.

It has become common for many Christians to sacrifice one vice they have during the Christian liturgical season.

So, what are you giving up this Lent? Really addicting reality TV? Chocolate? Alcohol? Words with Friends? Or, have you decided to give up an inner bad habit, such as negativity or jealousy?

Is Lent about steadfast dedication to giving something up, or just a time to be more mindful of one's good—and bad—habits?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

Rachel L February 13, 2013 at 05:51 PM
OK, so a little correction. Fasting from something does NOT mean giving up a "vice". You are supposed to give up something that you like, not in an effort to rid yourself of a bad habit, but so that you can be more Christ-like. So, for example, if you give up candy because you eat a ton of it every day, that's something you should have done ages ago because gluttony is a sin, not just because it's Lent now and you can start sinning again after Easter. Rich, you could also look to the Orthodox Christians who have very strict fasting standards during Lent (and even fasting during Advent for some churches). You'd also be surprised at what individual Catholics may choose to do. I have a friend who would only eat bread and water during Lent. The Catholic Church has "low" standards in order to meet people at every stage... you are able to choose your penances that suit YOUR life, because not every person has the same spiritual needs.
R. EALLY February 13, 2013 at 06:06 PM
pfft.. Well the amount of "catholics" that participate in lent is probably equal to the amount of "muslums" that participate in Ramadan. I agree that both are noble, in that you give up something to become aware of sacrifice... both the bible and the quran talk about fasting.... the only real sacrifice.... that NOT MANY can admit, is to following the bible or quarn and all its teaching.. so if you think any "sacrifical" offering is mute unless you follow the quran or bible and its message.... you cannot be a sinner and believe you are absolved by participating in these events.... I know many "catholics" that never go to church and break about every rule in the bible....and "participate" in lent...what a crock... and I am sure it happens with "Muslums" also
Lee Jacobsen February 14, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Pretzels of course, since they were invented for Lent. See link. http://idiotsguides.com/static/didyouknow/edibles/02_02_11_pretzels.html Briefly, a bored Monk, doing the bread thing, made some with folded arms to remind his brothers to pray, the rest is history.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 14, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I am giving up belief in invisible beings.
Peter March 08, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Lent is not about what to give up, but rather what to give to make your sisters and brothers better persons.


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