Forum Thread

Ash Wednesday- What are you giving up?

Reply to ThreadDisplaying 6 Posts
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Charlotte, NC
    Are you sure you want to delete this post?
        
    For those of you who do not know, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Traditionally, people have given up up eating for an extended amount of time (in some extreme cases until Lent has ended on Easter). But in today's less puritan world, the most common amount of time is just for the first day of Ash. These days people seem to give up different "meaningful" things, such as their cell phone, sweets, junk food, radio, television, etc, etc...

    What's your opinion on this day? And for all the Catholics out there, what are you giving up?
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
    Are you sure you want to delete this post?
        
    Superstitious nonsense - I'm going to go out and eat my heart out!
  • Democrat
    Missouri
    Are you sure you want to delete this post?
        
    I give up on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Shaune Hannity, Huckebee, Homophobes, Republicans, Keystone XL Pipeline, especially Issa after yesterday, and being a gun advocate. All this was easy, so I really didn't give up the things I do like. Chocolate, wine, beer, steak, laughing children, successful people promoting humanity, Church, volunteering, Boy Scouts, and too much of all things I like. I guess I'm not a good Catholic, which is why I'm Methodist and I did make fun of the ash mark on my wife's forehead last night. I proclaimed what a waste of Ash. Ha!

    I wish I could give up on taxes, which I completely with my CPA. However, I have to admit the Holy scriptures does say, "give to Rome what is Rome's", than tithe your allotted income to God. I realize taxes benefit us all for the services we receive, but I have to question who's getting paid in Congress.

    I'm trying hard to in this political climate, but I don't need a ash mark on forehead..........I know who I am.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
    Are you sure you want to delete this post?
        
    Lent is something that I clean out of my clothes dryer vent.. I'm giving up nothing. Never have.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
    Are you sure you want to delete this post?
        
    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: I give up on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Shaune Hannity, Huckebee, Homophobes, Republicans, Keystone XL Pipeline, especially Issa after yesterday, and being a gun advocate. All this was easy, so I really didn't give up the things I do like. Chocolate, wine, beer, steak, laughing children, successful people promoting humanity, Church, volunteering, Boy Scouts, and too much of all things I like. I guess I'm not a good Catholic, which is why I'm Methodist and I did make fun of the ash mark on my wife's forehead last night. I proclaimed what a waste of Ash. Ha!

    I wish I could give up on taxes, which I completely with my CPA. However, I have to admit the Holy scriptures does say, "give to Rome what is Rome's", than tithe your allotted income to God. I realize taxes benefit us all for the services we receive, but I have to question who's getting paid in Congress.

    I'm trying hard to in this political climate, but I don't need a ash mark on forehead..........I know who I am.
    I'm glad you realize Rome and the Pope is one huge circus; Berlusconi an old man is now marrying and 28 year old. Rome remains Rome, even when in the Euro zone. Want to buy a great hat or Robe, order at Pope limited.com. I think 'jesus" is turning around in his grave (or ashes) if he would view the circus of the Vatican.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
    Are you sure you want to delete this post?
        
    The symbolic ashes are in reality a token of repentance, in the biblical days it was a sign of mourning, in latter day it is sometimes likened to the loss of Grace thru sin, so hence the repentance, the giving up of certain things is supposed to mean giving up those things that tempt you into sin, which causes you to lose Grace.