I did not realize until I first came here that Lent was really important to you guys. I already knew people gave up things for Lent because many of my friends are Catholic. I suppose they are not good examples, still luv them though! LOL Most I know do go to Church once a week maybe, but the most Catholic thing I have witnessed is their lucky candles, (their words, not mine) like the ones of Padre Pio.
What are the consequences for you guys if they do not take the sacrifice seriously. I have friend who loves to shop, she gave up shopping, however there is a great sale going on so she gives her sister her credit card so she may shop for her. Kinda a loop hole IMO. I jokingly asked another friend what she gave up. She said she gave up smoking. I reminded her that she gave up smoking many months ago. She wanted me to keep that one quiet, because no one else knew about it. I figured maybe God knew. I guess it is not that serious to them.
I am curious, to a Catholic is that like majorly endangering themselves? I kind of viewed it as lying.