Regardless, one of the most valuable things I have taken from being Catholic is Lent. My sophomore year in college, I gave up soda and sweets and ended up shedding a good deal of belly fat/love handles in that time. I decided to keep that one partially intact for the rest of my life.
Two years ago, I gave up cigarettes. I've never been a smoker, but when I go to clubs and someone offers me a smoke, I never turned it down. Plus I had just gotten back from a Europe trip, where cigarettes are great openers for talking to girls. Anyway, I've kept that one up since then as well.
Last year I gave up alcohol, and I was amazed at the amount of increased physical ability it gave me. I'm pretty tall (6'4") but I had never had such an easy time dunking a basketball. It took almost no effort.
Anyway, I'm no longer in a basketball league, but I'm gonna do the alcohol thing again. I know it's not all that creative, but it's really the only thing that I would "mind" giving up at all.
My gf and I watched 40 Days and 40 Nights last night--the movie where the guy gives up sex for Lent and people are betting on what day he's going to crack.
So do you think I can do it? What day do you think I'll crack (if I do). I don't have 100% success rate with Lenten vows, but I'm pretty confident about this one.
I actually failed on this one last year--the sticking point being my birthday in late March.
No plans for a substitute. Maybe really good food?
It will be nice to have a virgin palate and a virgin nose again after Easter.
Also I'm not trying to make a big deal of it or anything. Just thought I'd mix up the polls a bit.
I suspect you'll have no problem with it. The concern I have is you'll have to start all over again re-educating your palate once the 41st day rolls around. You'll have to dram like a madman to get back to where you are now, just in time for Lent next year. Somehow seems recursive.
Lent is all about abstinance, self exploration, spiritual cleansing and self disipline.
It's supposed to be a time of inward reflection as well as spiritual reflection.
It is basically derived from when
Jesus when into the 'Wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights'
To fast, pray and reflect on himself and his mission in life.
It is deemed as time to rebuild you spirital self and faith.
I was brought up as a Catholic but I'm not into it really so I cannot quote the Bible to you
It is not mentioned in the bible, believe it is quite a modern idea circa 15th / 16th century. Also has origins in other cultures when this time of year was not good for food, winter stocks running low and nothing growing for a month or two.
Anyway, good luck peergynt323 and I am sure you will make it to the end. Giving up anything and exercising some self control in our modern 'have everything' world is to be commended what ever the reason.
As I say I'm not into the whole religion thing but I'm very interested in history and it is certianly true that Jesus was a real person but this crack of running off into the wilderness is all very vague.
But as Matt has said most christian dates have been re-organised so as to run alongside pagan dates and eventually to swallow up the pagan rituals to be replaced by the christian ones. They even took some of the symbolism for their own. Christianity did this very well and conquered the pagan world fairly quickly through this method.
les taylor wrote:Hi peergynt323 I congratulate you on your abstinence, and I know that many people do observe lent. But is there a scripture in the Bible which Christians can turn to as to why they do observe lent? I'd be interested to know what it is. Thanks in advance.
Nope. Just one of our crazy traditions.
TheLaddie wrote: ......My missus has given up sex for Lent, and appears to have got "40 days" and "40 weeks" mixed up...
I take it "Mrs Laddie" doesn't read the forums, otherwise, let us know when it stretches to 40months...
I might give up the forums for 40 days... but whisky - never!
If He should knock at my door I'd offer the best that i've got...and after a dram or two I would beseech(is that the right word,scholars?)Him to do the water into wine thing...but could he make it water into whisky this time...and preferably Ardbeg '77?
"Oh Lord, that changes water into wine, have mercy on us who change it back again"
Love that, thought you'd enjoy it RB.
Muskrat Portage wrote:TheLaddie wrote: ......My missus has given up sex for Lent, and appears to have got "40 days" and "40 weeks" mixed up...
I take it "Mrs Laddie" doesn't read the forums
I was sorta hoping she would and get the hint...
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