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Anybody giving up SDN for lent? I am freaking Jewish, and am pretty sure I am gonna stop looking at these boards for at least the next couple of weeks when the **** hits the fan, so to speak. Who's coming with me?
 

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I think but i am not 100% sure, it is when you don't use oil or fat to cook your food for 40 days
 
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ok, people, work with me here. Isn't it when you just give up something that you usually do for the time between ash wednesday and easter? Let 's keep it simple
 

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That's impressive, Benjo! Out of all the inane things that suck my time away, over the past few days in particular it's been compulsively, monomaniacally refreshing these forums for school updates. (Which are still of course very helpful to those with more self-discipline, since I clearly don't have enough.) Must... stop!!! I'm Catholic, too. Count me in. Or out, rather. See you in a few weeks.
 

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I thought lent was a Catholic thing. I only hear about it from Catholic relatives in Louisianna, usually in the same breath as Mardi Gras.
 

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ok--thank you, essbe. That was what I was waiting for--one supporter. So, my boycott starts.....now (these forums suck the life out of me, no offense to anyone).
 

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Lent IS a traditionally Catholic thing. It's the 40 days before Easter, starting Ash Weds. Usually you give up something, to mirror the time period that Jesus spent in the desert with only bread and water. There's no meat on Fridays, and fasting on Ash Weds and Good Friday.
 

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What about your not allowed to cook with oil or fat, is that true or did i make that up
 

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you can use oil and fat in cooking during lent.

i'm suprised there are so many who don't know what lent is!

i'm not giving up anything cause i'm not religious at all nowadays, but i used to always give up chocolate or a favorite tv show or something.

so you guys that don't know what lent is, are you going to go around tomorrow telling everyone they have dirt on their foreheads? :laugh:
 

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That reminds me of 40 days and 40 nights starring Josh Harnett (Hey and it's NOT a lame chick flick) ;)
 

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my roomate and her boyfriend are giving up fried food for lent. i'm jewish, so i don't have to give up anything. but giving up SDN, i don't know if i'd ever be able to do that.
 
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Chrisobean,
Good luck with the fast. That's impressive. I only fast on Good Friday.

I get confused too b/c my mom's Italian and we do things at holidays, etc that I assumed were Catholic but other people have never heard of them.........Oil in the water on Xmas eve to see who has the curse....7 fishes....3 coffee beans in the SAmbuca, etc.

The no meat on Friday should go for all Catholics, not just Italians. I'm vegetarian so it's a breeze for me.
Good luck.
 

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I'm giving up fast food, card games, and one and a half hours of sleep in the morning to go run around the track at least once before I leave for the day. I was thinking about a few hours of SDN each day too, but I'm not so sure if I can even do that. I'd admire those who think they can give it up completely.
 

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FYI

For anyone confused Canon Law of the Catholic church follows:

Canon 1250 All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church.

Canon 1251 Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Canon 1252 All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth year. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.

Can. 1253 It is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety.



These laws mean:

"Fasting" requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday [Canon 97] to the 59th Birthday [i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday] to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. This usually means one should only eat ONE full meal per day, with the two others being very light, together which wouldn't make one full meal.

"Abstinence" means to abstain from eating flesh meat. This is often confused with fasting. Fish is not considered flesh meat. All the Fridays of the year (in honor of the day on which our Savior died) are days of complete abstinence unless a Holy Day of obligation falls on a Friday, such as the Feast of the Assumption, or Christmas. On the Fridays outside of Lent the U.S. bishops conference obtained the permission of the Holy See for Catholics in the US to substitute a penitential, or even a charitable, practice of their own choosing. They must do some penitential/charitable practice on these Fridays. For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere.

"Partial abstinence" means to eat meat only at the main, full meal.
 

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I'm Jewish too, but am not observant and will NEVER give up SDN

lol:clap:
 

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"Abstinence" means to abstain from eating flesh meat. This is often confused with fasting. Fish is not considered flesh meat. All the Fridays of the year (in honor of the day on which our Savior died) are days of complete abstinence unless a Holy Day of obligation falls on a Friday, such as the Feast of the Assumption, or Christmas.
 

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Well, I'm half Sicilian, and we're a little different..........

There is a curse named the Malliloika (sp not right) that can be cast on you by someone else at any time. Those red horns you see in Little Italys across the country can ward it off. I have one hanging in my house. On Xmas eve, if you mix oil in water in a circular pan/bowl, the oil will pool together and head in the general direciton of a person if they have the curse (you sit in a circle). Then everyone freaks out an starts yelling, etc.

I'm getting ashes tonight. Anyone tell you that have you have something on your forehead today (like you didn't knwo...)?
 

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yeah, the reason the no meat thing started was so that the fishermen could sell more fish... sure glad we're all sacrificing and thinking we're holy for nothing. :rolleyes:
 

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ash wednesday...ah...so that explains the people walking around with crap on their forehead.
 

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Originally posted by finnpipette
ash wednesday...ah...so that explains the people walking around with crap on their forehead.
It's not crap it's ashes in the form of a cross. Where's the respect...

Anyways, I'm Catholic but don't know what I'm giving up. I probably should give up SDN since it consumes most of my time. :)
 
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