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Old March 27 2014, 05:00 PM   #46
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Re: Catholics, What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

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very much off-topic, I'm afraid: what does "effed" mean? Can find it in no dictionary nor online. (Or is it a word that an elderly lady should rather not know? )
Fucked.
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Old March 27 2014, 07:41 PM   #47
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I've been horrible this lent. I never really targeted anything specific, but in general it was to eat healthy, exercise, and spend more quite time in reflection. Then we started another round of layoffs at work, I got a horrible virus, and a friend of mine had a severe heart attack last weekend and is not doing well. Needless to say I've been too distracted and have done nothing. I might have to take a mulligan on this one...
I'm sorry this Lent has been such an ordeal for you, Kirby. I don't know what to say ... it's a raw deal. I hope everything works out.
Thanks for the kind words Frakes. My friend Mike passed away two days ago. His heart was getting stronger, and they were thinking of doing the bypass this weekend, but he couldn't beat an infection that developed. His son and my son are good friends, have been in the same class since kindergarten, and have played baseball and basketball together, and the same Cub Scout pack, so they've become good friends to our family; This is heartbreaking. I did survive the layoff, but will have to say goodbye to some good friends over the next couple of months.
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Old March 27 2014, 11:19 PM   #48
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Re: Catholics, What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

This is an unfortunate turn of events, Mr. Kirby - I'm surprised by it, actually. Words fail at times like these, but again, I'm sorry for what your going through.
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Old March 27 2014, 11:26 PM   #49
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Re: Catholics, What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

Meat, chocolate, sweets, crisps.
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Old March 28 2014, 05:06 AM   #50
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I've been horrible this lent. I never really targeted anything specific, but in general it was to eat healthy, exercise, and spend more quite time in reflection. Then we started another round of layoffs at work, I got a horrible virus, and a friend of mine had a severe heart attack last weekend and is not doing well. Needless to say I've been too distracted and have done nothing. I might have to take a mulligan on this one...
I'm sorry this Lent has been such an ordeal for you, Kirby. I don't know what to say ... it's a raw deal. I hope everything works out.
Thanks for the kind words Frakes. My friend Mike passed away two days ago. His heart was getting stronger, and they were thinking of doing the bypass this weekend, but he couldn't beat an infection that developed. His son and my son are good friends, have been in the same class since kindergarten, and have played baseball and basketball together, and the same Cub Scout pack, so they've become good friends to our family; This is heartbreaking. I did survive the layoff, but will have to say goodbye to some good friends over the next couple of months.
Kirby...I know you do not know me from Adam, but I have an unsolicited suggestion that I think is worth trying:

Do NOT give up on your Lenten goals...stay with as many as you can...I know it is easy for me to say, but digging deep and honoring yourself and your friend will speak much to your spirit and his...and do not think of saying good bye to your laid-off friends...yes, it could come to that, but think of saying "I am here and am thinking of you and will do what I can"

That, I think, will craft one of your best Lenten seasons...my thoughts and prayers are with you...and I do know a little about lay-offs and changes in loved ones...that is how I ended up here in the U.A.E. ...

Be well, my Friend...

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Old March 29 2014, 03:45 PM   #51
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Re: Catholics, What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

I'm giving up olives. Generally speaking.
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Old March 30 2014, 12:24 PM   #52
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Meat, chocolate, sweets, crisps.
Giving up meat? Taking anything with a face off the menu is a good idea, in my opinion ...

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I'm giving up olives. Generally speaking.
Very good, sir.
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Old March 30 2014, 10:57 PM   #53
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^^ Yep, giving up meat. I don't find it too difficult. Chocolate is hard though.
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Old March 31 2014, 01:55 AM   #54
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To quote Spock's older brother Sybok: "I feel your pain." I, too, am a slave to my Sweet Tooth ...
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Old March 31 2014, 05:43 PM   #55
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God and I have barely been on speaking terms for years, so my Lenten project is to pray -- if only for a couple minutes -- every day. I'm probably remembering two out of three days so far.
I can't imagine a world without God. I wouldn't want to. It goes without saying that spirituality is an important part of the Human Condition. If you've ever gotten something out of exploring it, or believe you ever could receive something from it, then it would be a mistake to not try to return to it. I'm glad you've made it your "Lenten Project." I hope that you're successful.
I love the irony of a statement that starts with, "It goes without saying that..."

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...My friend Mike passed away two days ago...
My condolences, Kirby.
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Old March 31 2014, 08:19 PM   #56
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God and I have barely been on speaking terms for years, so my Lenten project is to pray -- if only for a couple minutes -- every day. I'm probably remembering two out of three days so far.
I can't imagine a world without God. I wouldn't want to. It goes without saying that spirituality is an important part of the Human Condition. If you've ever gotten something out of exploring it, or believe you ever could receive something from it, then it would be a mistake to not try to return to it. I'm glad you've made it your "Lenten Project." I hope that you're successful.
I love the irony of a statement that starts with, "It goes without saying that..."
Indeed. It's not a statement I agree with either. Religion is an important part of some people's lives, but not everyone's.
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Old April 1 2014, 12:38 AM   #57
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Does giving up something for Lent count if it's something you didn't give up voluntarily?
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Old April 1 2014, 12:51 AM   #58
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Over the years, modifications have been made to the Lenten observances, making our practices not only simple but also easy. Ash Wednesday still marks the beginning of Lent, which lasts for 40 days, not including Sundays. The present fasting and abstinence laws are very simple: On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, the faithful fast (having only one full meal a day and smaller snacks to keep up one's strength) and abstain from meat; on the other Fridays of Lent, the faithful abstain from meat. People are still encouraged "to give up something" for Lent as a sacrifice. (An interesting note is that technically on Sundays and solemnities like St. Joseph's Day (March 19) and the Annunciation (March 25), one is exempt and can partake of whatever has been offered up for Lent.
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Old April 1 2014, 01:01 AM   #59
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Does giving up something for Lent count if it's something you didn't give up voluntarily?
I don't think so since fasting in a religious context is something you decide to do in order to cleanse both body and mind.
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Nuts. I was hoping that being voiceless for 40 days would count!
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