WITH EVERY LENT comes the inevitable yearly dilemma of what to give up. Chocolate, desserts, and other tasty foods are a classic choice for many people. One crucial thing to keep in mind is that Lent has three pillars: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Fasting is just one piece of the puzzle for having a meaningful Lent. While these suggestions focus on fasting, don’t forget the other two pillars as well.
1. Lent is the perfect time to fast from SCREENS, whether TV, random web surfing or social media until Easter. Consider going screen-free one day a week or using your phone only for calling and texting.
2. COMPLAINING. This Lent, see if you can hold back your complaints and focus on something to be grateful for instead.
3. HOT SHOWERS. This is a simple sacrifice, but a powerful little way to practice self-denial in daily life.
4. SHOPPING. Give up spending money on anything but the essentials, and perhaps use the money you save to give as alms.
5. SNACKING BETWEEN MEALS, a tough habit to break but a great way to enter into the Lenten spirit of fasting.
We will have more suggestions for you next week.
Theresa Civantos Barber, 10 Things to give up for Lent other than chocolate
Original in Aleteia.org, February 21, 2020. Used with permission