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Any practicing Catholics here? On February 13, which is Ash Wednesday, is the start of lent season. For the first time, I was able to fast. The rule in this state is you can eat a piece of bread with coffee in the morning, another at night, and a regualr meal. No meat or chicken. Fish and other seafood is allowed,But I had a burrito and a coke. That's all. And I only had the bread and water. I was very hungry, but I managed to ignore it. And I am able to avoid eating meat. I just eat a bowl of beans, or cereal. Last friday, I made shrimp cocktail. I cooked the shrimp. After they were done, I put them in a bowl with tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, onions, avocado, cilantro, and celery. Then added lime juice to it. It was pretty good. I want to buy some fish fillets. Or a salad. I eat alot of tuna, but I don't add any mayo. Just tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. On Ash Wednesday, I went to church for the first time in a year. As I sat there on the bench and listen to the priest talk about how we should avoid sin, the tears started coming down. I was thinking that here in church is were I should stay. Out in the world there is alot of pain and hatred. Struggling to live. I really missed going to church. I was able to go because the buses run at night until twelve. The catholic churches here are not plentiful. I cannot walk with my children to the church near my house because it is an hour away by foot. But church is were I need to go to pray and get help. When the priest was talking, I felt all the pain from the past year come really strong. I was crying. People saw me, but I wasn't ashamed. I realize how much I need God in my life. I have prayed so little to him. Now, I am going to start praying more and reading my Bible more before I go to bed.
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I am glad to hear that you have decided to go to church again. I grew up in the church, but I have been going on and off since I was in highschool. I kind of miss going to church. It's like you get that feeling when you go and you know that the church is where you need to be. I am going to church this Sunday since I haven't been in months.
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Nena, anytime you want someone to talk to about God, give me a holler. I am by no means an expert, and I don't go to church as much as I should these days, but I try to stay close to God, and follow his teachings. It is a subject that is very close to my heart.

As for Lent, I am not Catholic, and I don't have anything against them, but I should keep better track of when Lent is coming each year, because both my stepchildren are catholic, and weekend before last, I was totally unprepared.

Brooke, the 17 year old, doesn't eat red meat at all anyway, so I try to have some kind of chicken or seafood for her when they come on the weekends. We have them every friday night and during the day on saturdays.
So this time I had made Chicken for Brooke and tacos for the rest of us, then when the kids got there, Brooke told me that neither she nor Blake could eat the tacos or chicken, because of lent. I had nothing much to feed them. It is a little difficult to work around.
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My granmother was Catholic & she always participated (well, not quite the word I'm looking for) in Lent!
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Alicia - I am a practicing Catholic. For the most part I find church to be a solice to me. However there is one priest at out church that gives sermans that offend me and at times I feel like not going back. He is my test of faith. He yells and screams at the people who go to church and is very negative about people who aren't church goers. My God is a loving God who won't mind what faith you are as long as you are a good person. I especially feel this way as I married a no Catholic. Sorry for venting here!

As for Lent, I do mass at least once a week, but do to health issues I can't do the fasting thing. Instead I give up other things that I enjoy (coca cola - I am addicted to it). It is what is in the heart that counts!
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Ady, I agree...it is what is in your heart that counts!
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