Does that count as almsgiving?
Oh, yeah...I think of it as helping my friends grow spiritually.
I gave up Diet Coke one year for Lent and on the way home from Easter Vigil, I pointed to a mini mart with a shaking finger. My husband pulled into the parking lot and I dove for the door, coming back out a few moments later with a 64 ounce Diet Coke, no ice. I sucked the whole thing down in about 19 seconds."You're scaring me," said my husband.The next year, I thought I'd give the Diet Coke fast another whirl. At about seven p.m. on Ash Wednesday, my husband gave me a long look."What did you give up for Lent?" he asked."Diet Coke," I answered shortly."Aha," he said. "I thought so. And you know what? NO. HELLS to the no. NO GIVING UP DIET COKE. It's YOUR sacrifice and it makes the rest of us freaking MISERABLE."I so wish I'd thought to tell him then that I was giving up Diet Coke so that he and the children could grow more holy. *sigh*
And I forgot to mention that my motto is "A glass of wine a day toward a better personality." If I gave up drinking AND diet soda, just THINK how holy my family would be. I get tearful just picturing it.
Shelley, I stopped drinking diet coke 6 years ago. One day several months later, in an all-day training, there was diet coke. I desperately wanted to drink some but didn't. Instead I drank Earl Gray tea, which was completely unsatisfying.
LOL! I know a priest who got assigned to an old parish that had a reputation for running off priests, and in his first homily he said, "I am your penance"....
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