What to Give Up for Lent

The following is an entry from The Christophers’ “Three Minutes a Day” book:

The inspirational newsletter Apple Seeds shared the following reflection from EWTN.com about what to give up for Lent this year:

“Give up complaining—focus on gratitude.
“Give up pessimism—become an optimist.
“Give up harsh judgments—think kindly thoughts.
“Give up worry—trust Divine Providence.
“Give up discouragement—be full of hope.
“Give up bitterness—turn to forgiveness.
“Give up hatred—return good for evil.
“Give up anger—be more patient.
“Give up pettiness—become mature.
“Give up jealousy—pray for trust.
“Give up gossiping—control your tongue.
“Give up sin—turn to virtue.
“Give up giving up—hang in there!”

Don’t be daunted by any of these goals. Just ask Jesus to be your support as you become the person He created you to be.

Bear fruit worthy of repentance. (Matthew 3:8)

Help me grow closer to You, Jesus.

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About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.