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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #125 on: February 10, 2016, 01:57:02 PM »
I'd give up football, if I practiced

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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #126 on: February 10, 2016, 02:12:33 PM »
I read a really interesting article about Pope Francis' guidance for what/how to give up for lent.  I am not Catholic, but it was really inspiring.  I rough ridin' love the crap out of Pope Francis.

Essentially the message was that one ought to sacrifice in a way that helps others.  Giving up chocolate is superficial, when compared to giving up a leisure activity to instead volunteer somewhere, for example.  Everything should be viewed through the lens of service to others.

Made me really think a great deal.  Pope Francis is a badass [redacted]. 

I am going to choose a leisure activity to give up and use that time to volunteer and be of service to others.  I am going to roll with Francis on this one!

what a great opportunity to put that mountain bike on the shelf for the next 6 weeks


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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #127 on: February 10, 2016, 04:08:41 PM »

I read a really interesting article about Pope Francis' guidance for what/how to give up for lent.  I am not Catholic, but it was really inspiring.  I rough ridin' love the crap out of Pope Francis.

Essentially the message was that one ought to sacrifice in a way that helps others.  Giving up chocolate is superficial, when compared to giving up a leisure activity to instead volunteer somewhere, for example.  Everything should be viewed through the lens of service to others.

Made me really think a great deal.  Pope Francis is a badass [redacted]. 

I am going to choose a leisure activity to give up and use that time to volunteer and be of service to others.  I am going to roll with Francis on this one!

what a great opportunity to put that mountain bike on the shelf for the next 6 weeks

Wouldn't be a true sacrifice with the weather recently...now, 6 weeks after that boy howdy!

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« Reply #128 on: February 10, 2016, 04:09:06 PM »

First, how is this thread not in the Pit?

Pope Francis makes an excellent point. However, if it takes Lent for you to go out and do good in your community then that seems like a bigger issue.

Lent and sacrifices made during Lent mean different things to different people. In my case, is giving up cheese life changing? Of course not. But you know what, I really enjoy eating cheese and I'm not going to do it for the next 46 days. And every time I feel like I want to give in and have some it will cause a brief moment of reflection of what I am doing.

Religion in general has many aspects that are private and personal. Participate or don't, it's entirely up to each person.

You bet, to each his own, man. 

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« Reply #129 on: February 10, 2016, 04:17:07 PM »

I read a really interesting article about Pope Francis' guidance for what/how to give up for lent.  I am not Catholic, but it was really inspiring.  I rough ridin' love the crap out of Pope Francis.

Essentially the message was that one ought to sacrifice in a way that helps others.  Giving up chocolate is superficial, when compared to giving up a leisure activity to instead volunteer somewhere, for example.  Everything should be viewed through the lens of service to others.

Made me really think a great deal.  Pope Francis is a badass [redacted]. 

I am going to choose a leisure activity to give up and use that time to volunteer and be of service to others.  I am going to roll with Francis on this one!

what a great opportunity to put that mountain bike on the shelf for the next 6 weeks

Wouldn't be a true sacrifice with the weather recently...now, 6 weeks after that boy howdy!
we'll have plenty of great riding days b/w now and then.  imagine those first 70 degree days and having to dream about your bike while you're serving the chow line at the salvation army


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« Reply #130 on: February 10, 2016, 04:43:27 PM »

I read a really interesting article about Pope Francis' guidance for what/how to give up for lent.  I am not Catholic, but it was really inspiring.  I rough ridin' love the crap out of Pope Francis.

Essentially the message was that one ought to sacrifice in a way that helps others.  Giving up chocolate is superficial, when compared to giving up a leisure activity to instead volunteer somewhere, for example.  Everything should be viewed through the lens of service to others.

Made me really think a great deal.  Pope Francis is a badass [redacted]. 

I am going to choose a leisure activity to give up and use that time to volunteer and be of service to others.  I am going to roll with Francis on this one!

what a great opportunity to put that mountain bike on the shelf for the next 6 weeks

Wouldn't be a true sacrifice with the weather recently...now, 6 weeks after that boy howdy!
we'll have plenty of great riding days b/w now and then.  imagine those first 70 degree days and having to dream about your bike while you're serving the chow line at the salvation army

Or you could help on a trail build day!
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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #131 on: February 10, 2016, 04:43:49 PM »
From Pope Francis:
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be careful not to practice your good works before men to be seen by them”… “When you give to the poor do not sound a trumpet before you”… “Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”.

The Word of God gives us the right perspective in which to live Lent well. When we do something good, sometimes we are tempted to seek praise and to be rewarded: that’s human glory. But it’s a false reward because it makes us focus on what others think of us.

Jesus asks us to do good for the sake of good. He asks us to feel we are under the watchful gaze of our Heavenly Father at all times and to live in relationship with Him – not in relationship with the opinion of others.

Living in the presence of the Father gives us a much deeper joy than worldly glory can give us. May our attitude this Lent be one of living in secret where the Father sees us, loves us and waits for us. Naturally, exterior things are important too, but we must always choose to live in the presence of God.

Let us do what we can, in prayer, in sacrifice, and in acts of charity, humbly before God. This way we will be worthy of God the Father’s reward.

I wish you a blessed Lent.
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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #132 on: February 10, 2016, 04:48:51 PM »
How are you so capable of ruining everything?
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« Reply #133 on: February 10, 2016, 04:58:07 PM »
great thread kill, edn.

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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #134 on: February 10, 2016, 05:38:44 PM »
People get kinda upset about this I guess.

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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #135 on: February 11, 2016, 06:06:47 AM »
How are you so capable of ruining everything?
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« Reply #136 on: February 11, 2016, 06:42:52 AM »
I get the idea of humble acts without publicity, that's great and I don't disagree with Pope Francis that it is a useful exercise.  However there is also utility in the solidarity of a group effort.

In the office pool weight loss challenge, do the participants not really lose weight because they disclosed their sacrifice to others? Is that weight not gone? Those signs on the highway about the groups that clean up those stretches of road, did those people not really give up their free time to clean the road for all of us?  Was the road still actually dirty? I grew up around a ton of Catholics, great people, who would all chat away with each other all lent about how they were struggling with their lent sacrifices did they not create moments of reflection and gratitude.

To each his own, man. 

But if you do something for someone else...and a rough ridin' tree falls in the woods and your brain is really in a jar in a scientist's lab, blah,blah,blah...something was still done for someone else.

For me, I am going to participate in this in my own way, not disclose the precise details, and I will rest assured it is worth while even though I generally disclosed that I am participating.  I am doing this for me, not anyone else.  I mean, I am going to do stuff for others, but it's to help me be less of a rough ridin' bad person and have more peace.  I'm not trying to get rough ridin' voted Jesus here, but me doing this is sure as eff better for the universe than if I don't.

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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #137 on: February 11, 2016, 06:52:33 AM »
I get the idea of humble acts without publicity, that's great and I don't disagree with Pope Francis that it is a useful exercise.  However there is also utility in the solidarity of a group effort.

In the office pool weight loss challenge, do the participants not really lose weight because they disclosed their sacrifice to others? Is that weight not gone? Those signs on the highway about the groups that clean up those stretches of road, did those people not really give up their free time to clean the road for all of us?  Was the road still actually dirty? I grew up around a ton of Catholics, great people, who would all chat away with each other all lent about how they were struggling with their lent sacrifices did they not create moments of reflection and gratitude.

To each his own, man. 

But if you do something for someone else...and a rough ridin' tree falls in the woods and your brain is really in a jar in a scientist's lab, blah,blah,blah...something was still done for someone else.

For me, I am going to participate in this in my own way, not disclose the precise details, and I will rest assured it is worth while even though I generally disclosed that I am participating.  I am doing this for me, not anyone else.  I mean, I am going to do stuff for others, but it's to help me be less of a rough ridin' bad person and have more peace.  I'm not trying to get rough ridin' voted Jesus here, but me doing this is sure as eff better for the universe than if I don't.

It's YOUR journey, just as we are all on our own journeys.  :cheers:

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« Reply #138 on: February 11, 2016, 07:10:41 AM »
Well put, I like that.

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« Reply #140 on: February 11, 2016, 09:52:53 AM »
I get the idea of humble acts without publicity, that's great and I don't disagree with Pope Francis that it is a useful exercise.  However there is also utility in the solidarity of a group effort.

In the office pool weight loss challenge, do the participants not really lose weight because they disclosed their sacrifice to others? Is that weight not gone? Those signs on the highway about the groups that clean up those stretches of road, did those people not really give up their free time to clean the road for all of us?  Was the road still actually dirty? I grew up around a ton of Catholics, great people, who would all chat away with each other all lent about how they were struggling with their lent sacrifices did they not create moments of reflection and gratitude.

To each his own, man. 

But if you do something for someone else...and a rough ridin' tree falls in the woods and your brain is really in a jar in a scientist's lab, blah,blah,blah...something was still done for someone else.

For me, I am going to participate in this in my own way, not disclose the precise details, and I will rest assured it is worth while even though I generally disclosed that I am participating.  I am doing this for me, not anyone else.  I mean, I am going to do stuff for others, but it's to help me be less of a rough ridin' bad person and have more peace.  I'm not trying to get rough ridin' voted Jesus here, but me doing this is sure as eff better for the universe than if I don't.
I think you're there 99% of the way, and maybe I'm off on what you're saying too, but you can do something in the community or pool, in a group, or in the public sphere.  But you aren't necessarily doing it for that recognition.  You wouldn't go on your fast or weight loss challenge and talk about it at the water cooler about how great of a "lenter" (wtf does that even mean ednksu?)  you are and you really kick that calorie count's ass, Jesus loves me.  But you could be supportive of someone who is making changes.  Congratulate them when you see them make positive steps.  You wouldn't want to see someone on the side of the road picking up litter in an orange vest that says "#1 lent leader."  But if it spurs you to action and it's something you keep up after, that is a positive act.  Now for me I've come to realize that you don't give up Chocolate bars in lent because it's a great treat and you're totes doing what Jesus did.  Instead you give that up so you can donate that $1.50 ($6-9 total at 1 a week?) to charity so someone else can get a basic meal (7 Dolars in MHK handed out little boxes for Catholic Relief Services for just that).  You recognize that you are giving up something small to spur reflection in my opinion. 

I think the best bible quote on Lent is from Matthew:
Matthew 6:16-18:   And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.  But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face;  That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee .

Don't wear your sacrifice for sacrifice sake.  As Emo said, it's your journey and it has to be personal to you for your own growth.  If you do it for the recognition from others, it's a doomed process from the start. 
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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #141 on: February 11, 2016, 12:34:35 PM »
I get the idea of humble acts without publicity, that's great and I don't disagree with Pope Francis that it is a useful exercise.  However there is also utility in the solidarity of a group effort.

In the office pool weight loss challenge, do the participants not really lose weight because they disclosed their sacrifice to others? Is that weight not gone? Those signs on the highway about the groups that clean up those stretches of road, did those people not really give up their free time to clean the road for all of us?  Was the road still actually dirty? I grew up around a ton of Catholics, great people, who would all chat away with each other all lent about how they were struggling with their lent sacrifices did they not create moments of reflection and gratitude.

To each his own, man. 

But if you do something for someone else...and a rough ridin' tree falls in the woods and your brain is really in a jar in a scientist's lab, blah,blah,blah...something was still done for someone else.

For me, I am going to participate in this in my own way, not disclose the precise details, and I will rest assured it is worth while even though I generally disclosed that I am participating.  I am doing this for me, not anyone else.  I mean, I am going to do stuff for others, but it's to help me be less of a rough ridin' bad person and have more peace.  I'm not trying to get rough ridin' voted Jesus here, but me doing this is sure as eff better for the universe than if I don't.

It's YOUR journey, just as we are all on our own journeys.  :cheers:
I grew up with the "you give something up for Lent" to show self-sacrifice.  Recently a friend of mine asked me why I do a certain thing. I told him it was an act of self-denial, which I believe can be good for a person.  Of course, that was scoffed at, but that is one of the quirks of my journey. As an adult I take Lenten sacrifices in two ways. First I deny myself of a few things that I really love. I don't donate that money to charity; I just don't get everything I want. Secondly, I do special things for others. Some of those no one ever knows about, and some of them are shared. I don't share to gloat, but because the act of doing for others brings me joy and some semblance of peace.  Just my two cents on Lent...

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« Reply #142 on: February 11, 2016, 12:40:12 PM »
I get the idea of humble acts without publicity, that's great and I don't disagree with Pope Francis that it is a useful exercise.  However there is also utility in the solidarity of a group effort.

In the office pool weight loss challenge, do the participants not really lose weight because they disclosed their sacrifice to others? Is that weight not gone? Those signs on the highway about the groups that clean up those stretches of road, did those people not really give up their free time to clean the road for all of us?  Was the road still actually dirty? I grew up around a ton of Catholics, great people, who would all chat away with each other all lent about how they were struggling with their lent sacrifices did they not create moments of reflection and gratitude.

To each his own, man. 

But if you do something for someone else...and a rough ridin' tree falls in the woods and your brain is really in a jar in a scientist's lab, blah,blah,blah...something was still done for someone else.

For me, I am going to participate in this in my own way, not disclose the precise details, and I will rest assured it is worth while even though I generally disclosed that I am participating.  I am doing this for me, not anyone else.  I mean, I am going to do stuff for others, but it's to help me be less of a rough ridin' bad person and have more peace.  I'm not trying to get rough ridin' voted Jesus here, but me doing this is sure as eff better for the universe than if I don't.

you should consider gifting me your hottub

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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
« Reply #143 on: February 11, 2016, 05:14:06 PM »

I get the idea of humble acts without publicity, that's great and I don't disagree with Pope Francis that it is a useful exercise.  However there is also utility in the solidarity of a group effort.

In the office pool weight loss challenge, do the participants not really lose weight because they disclosed their sacrifice to others? Is that weight not gone? Those signs on the highway about the groups that clean up those stretches of road, did those people not really give up their free time to clean the road for all of us?  Was the road still actually dirty? I grew up around a ton of Catholics, great people, who would all chat away with each other all lent about how they were struggling with their lent sacrifices did they not create moments of reflection and gratitude.

To each his own, man. 

But if you do something for someone else...and a rough ridin' tree falls in the woods and your brain is really in a jar in a scientist's lab, blah,blah,blah...something was still done for someone else.

For me, I am going to participate in this in my own way, not disclose the precise details, and I will rest assured it is worth while even though I generally disclosed that I am participating.  I am doing this for me, not anyone else.  I mean, I am going to do stuff for others, but it's to help me be less of a rough ridin' bad person and have more peace.  I'm not trying to get rough ridin' voted Jesus here, but me doing this is sure as eff better for the universe than if I don't.

you should consider gifting me your hottub

Ya, no dice, I am not a saint. 

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Re: Awesome things people around you are giving up for Lent
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