What to Give Up...
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 negativism... be positive
Give up anger... be more patient
Give up pettiness... become mature
Give up gloom... enjoy the beauty that is all around you
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!
Q: Why are the forty days called Lent?
A: They are called Lent because that is the Old English word for spring, the season of the year during which they fall. This is something unique to English. In almost all other languages its name is a derivative of the Latin term, or "the forty days."
Direct our actions, Lord, by your holy inspiration and carry them forward by your gracious help, that all our works may begin in you and by you be happily ended.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.