I decided to give up a couple of my favorite snacks that I eat the most of at home, but there are still other snacks that I eat. There really isn’t much that I ‘can’t do without’ or addicted to, but I want to feel like I am giving up more of a sacrifice. I plan on praying the rosary every day, and just overall being a better person… and maybe find a place to donate to or do something good every Friday (even though I know we should already do that aside from lent). Is it a sin if I still eat things that I enjoy, or even go out here and there? Maybe it’s not particularly a sin, but may I ask for some things of what you all are doing for a sacrifice? And, can someone give me some short prayers that I can say throughout my day? Thank you!
As far as I know, during Lent, there is no obligation to avoid anything that gives you any degree of pleasure whatsoever. I don’t see a problem with having food that brings you some enjoyment and/or going out to eat, especially if --as you say --it’s not an addiction for you.
I find some of the best prayers to say throughout the day are the short, simple ones like St. Faustina’s “Jesus, I trust in you” or the centurion’s “I believe, help my unbelief” or Thomas’ “My Lord and my God.” Perhaps start the day with some Scripture reading and pick out a phrase that you can repeat over and over again throughout the day. Actually, that sounds like a good idea; I think that I’m going to do that.
Thank you so much! … Awhile ago, I actually found another short prayer on this forum that I say during the day sometimes… “O Holy Spirit sweet guest of my soul, abide in me and grant that I may ever abide in Thee”. I really liked this quote, but I wanted some others to get me through the day, especially if I’m becoming impatient or not being the nicest
Thank you for your response, that’s exactly what kind of short prayers I wanted. God Bless
Happy to help. I know what you mean. It’s nice to have some short prayers that come quickly to our heart, mind, and lips throughout the day. I like that Holy Spirit one. I’ll have to remember it. That reminds me of another one I often use which is simply “Come Holy Spirit.” Usually, I’m saying it over and over again before I head into a situation where I really need guidance! :o