What Is Lent Giving Up For Me?

We asked our Facebook followers what, if anything, they were giving up for Lent. Their answers ranged from the satirical to the sincere.


Lent starts on Wednesday. After Tuesday's blowout party that is Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday kicks off the 40-day period in which Catholics and other Christians practice denial and penitence, modeled on Christ's 40 days in the desert. Lent concludes the day before Easter.

It's traditional to give up something during Lent as a practice of abstinence. Some Christians choose junk food, TV, or, more lately, Facebook or the internet. 

We asked Patch Facebook followers if they were going to give up anything for Lent, and if they would ever consider going on a digital fast. Their responses are below. 

Read what other Patch followers had to say, then tell us in the comments: What, if anything, will you give up for Lent?

From Pacifica Patch Facebook:

  • My sister gave up Facebook last year.
  • What is Lent giving up for me?

From Redwood City-Woodside Patch Facebook:

  • What an interesting idea...instead of digital connections - how about making quality face to face connection?

From Rohnert Park-Cotati Patch Facebook:

  • Lint.
  • I tried soda one year, that only lasted about two weeks. I'll try Starbucks this year.

From Sonoma Valley Patch Facebook:

  • I think I will give up the margarita mix in my tequila :) but honestly..instead of giving up, I try to add something to my world....like giving to a charity or volunteering for an event to help a non profit.

Jeffrey Wright February 14, 2013 at 06:54 PM
If I were you I would get settled in to living like an idiot. From the sound of your comment .....
Bernie Wilson February 14, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Robin, sounds like you know the real meaning of Lent! It's not a discussion, but an act.....
Joy Firtell February 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Wow! I'm impressed at how thoughtful Napa people are!
TGD February 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Every year I pull the lent out of my dryer and am thankful it didn't catch on fire.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM
I found some lent and $10 in some jeans I was throwing out from the 90s


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