Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lent

Today, we started Lent in Malta. It's a time where I like to look within myself and try understand more my religion. Following tradition and a previous post of mine - Am I Pagan or Catholic?, I am trying to understand more our religion with the hope of clearing all doubts once and for all.

Also, as sacrifice for my sins, I am abstaining from chocolate till Easter and eat the least amount possible of any other sweets.

What are your views? Do you practice Lent?

6 comments:

Lyon said...

I don't observe Lent myself, but see it as a worthwhile practice for those who do. I'm a Pagan, and was raised Protestant, so I've never really been exposed to Lent in my own life. As a Pagan though I do believe in the importance of making offerings or sacrificing something to demonstrate devotion to the Beloveds. Not so much for the purging of sin though as it's not a part of my own belief. I wish you best of luck with your abstention from chocolate! =)

Amity said...

Hello Melissa;

shunning from chocolates and anything sweet?

well if you can do it, that would be fine Melissa...:)

i admire your sacrifice!

lenten season here is avoiding eating meat of any kind!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I don't observe Lent at this particular time, but if I was with my family I would. I do it out of respect for their beliefs. For instance, they don't eat meat on Fridays, so I don't either in order not to tempt them. My mom fasts on Good Friday, so I used to do it with her, for spiritual support. Then she would go to the river to "wash" off her sins and I would accompany her happy, everybody can use a good cleansing ;-D

Good luck with your chocolate fast my Wicked Darling!

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

I was brought up Catholic but I haven't practiced for years. I haven't really decided what to give up for Lent. Thanks for stopping by today.

Heidi said...

I've practiced lent on and off through the years. I never do it with an attitude of obligation though and actually I have periods of obstaining from things on and off all through the year. I think it has a cleansing feeling to it and I often come away more balanced.

I practice lent to remind me of JESUS and his ultimate sacrifice. It's a great way to lead into the true meaning and hope we have because of what happened on the first Easter. By giving something up during this time it helps me to have more opportunity to reflect on Jesus. Whenever I feel the urge to have what I've decided to give up for that period (this year it's desserts) then it's an opportunity to remember Jesus and pray and reflect through the days/weeks of this sacred time.

Marie said...

I was raised Protestant and never really understood my Catholic friends who practiced Lent. As I've learned more I think it is wonderful as long as the focus is on the meaning of understanding Christ's sacrifice and not just sacrificing to pat ourselves on the back. We do that so often. We don't need Lent to do it too.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lent

Today, we started Lent in Malta. It's a time where I like to look within myself and try understand more my religion. Following tradition and a previous post of mine - Am I Pagan or Catholic?, I am trying to understand more our religion with the hope of clearing all doubts once and for all.

Also, as sacrifice for my sins, I am abstaining from chocolate till Easter and eat the least amount possible of any other sweets.

What are your views? Do you practice Lent?

6 comments:

Lyon said...

I don't observe Lent myself, but see it as a worthwhile practice for those who do. I'm a Pagan, and was raised Protestant, so I've never really been exposed to Lent in my own life. As a Pagan though I do believe in the importance of making offerings or sacrificing something to demonstrate devotion to the Beloveds. Not so much for the purging of sin though as it's not a part of my own belief. I wish you best of luck with your abstention from chocolate! =)

Amity said...

Hello Melissa;

shunning from chocolates and anything sweet?

well if you can do it, that would be fine Melissa...:)

i admire your sacrifice!

lenten season here is avoiding eating meat of any kind!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I don't observe Lent at this particular time, but if I was with my family I would. I do it out of respect for their beliefs. For instance, they don't eat meat on Fridays, so I don't either in order not to tempt them. My mom fasts on Good Friday, so I used to do it with her, for spiritual support. Then she would go to the river to "wash" off her sins and I would accompany her happy, everybody can use a good cleansing ;-D

Good luck with your chocolate fast my Wicked Darling!

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

I was brought up Catholic but I haven't practiced for years. I haven't really decided what to give up for Lent. Thanks for stopping by today.

Heidi said...

I've practiced lent on and off through the years. I never do it with an attitude of obligation though and actually I have periods of obstaining from things on and off all through the year. I think it has a cleansing feeling to it and I often come away more balanced.

I practice lent to remind me of JESUS and his ultimate sacrifice. It's a great way to lead into the true meaning and hope we have because of what happened on the first Easter. By giving something up during this time it helps me to have more opportunity to reflect on Jesus. Whenever I feel the urge to have what I've decided to give up for that period (this year it's desserts) then it's an opportunity to remember Jesus and pray and reflect through the days/weeks of this sacred time.

Marie said...

I was raised Protestant and never really understood my Catholic friends who practiced Lent. As I've learned more I think it is wonderful as long as the focus is on the meaning of understanding Christ's sacrifice and not just sacrificing to pat ourselves on the back. We do that so often. We don't need Lent to do it too.