Penance for 40 days?
February 21, 2007 11:06am CST
today is the ash wednesday and for the catholics this is the start of the preparation for celebrating the resurection of Jesus. And means of doing that is by penace. For Catholics penance is a way of voluntary punishment to expiate one's sins. I just came home from mass and i really really felt the holiness of that mass and feel lighter emotionally. Almost all of the catholics i new never do penace but because of that meaningful mass, it ignite me to do penance. Im not doing that just because of the celebration but because i really felt the message of the season. Starting today instead of three meals i will be having only one and since im a vegetarian there is no problem with not eating meat. How about all the catholic out there, will you be doing penance in any way? or not?
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22 Feb 07
I really made it appoint that in 40 days I made a little sacrifice of not eating to much and sometimes If I just can do it on friday until sunday I eat only small portion of rice, fish or vegetable and more on water. Back in my high school and college years I really observe fasting for 40 days more on water and small portion of rice or bread per day for 40 days and I really contemplate on all my sins and made it appoint not to do it again. But it was far different now I was been so busy with various activities that I feel guilty that I neglect my obligation to repent and contemplate on lenten days but still I went to adoration chapel every day and whisper prayer and do observe holy week. Opps! new avatar I will surely miss your picture!!
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21 Feb 07
As long as I can remember I've been doing penance during Lent, always giving up something be it chocolate, snacks, too much TV, too much internet... etc. This year however, I'm doing something a little different. Instead of giving something up I'm going to add something to my life. Maybe help a little more with the household chores, or start going for a few runs a week to be healthier. Penance does not always have to be such a negative thing ("giving up" and "taking things away") Penance is meant to prepare you for the Resurrection of Christ, and this can be accomplished just as easily by adding something good to you life rather than taking something negative away :) Happy Lent! and Good Luck!