Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Be A Penitant With Me! Week One

In light of thinking about the last post...

I'm giving up chocolate for Advent. Really. And no carob, either.

Who is with me?
(Feel free to spread the word!)

A Lonely Catholic,
I.C.

UPDATE: Great post on the debated issue, "Is Advent Penitential?" at Roman Sacristan.

18 comments:

Antony said...

Ok, if you are serious, I'm with you.

The Ironic Catholic said...

I'm totally serious. No chocolate until Christmas day. We can do a check-in here.

Deborah said...

I'm in.

sic said...

Sorry, not giving up my chocolate...in fact, I am looking forward to some chocolate-covered cherries...as during Lent, though, I'd be willing to give up washing dishes!

Tracy said...

All right, I'm in. If I can give up coffee for Lent, chocolate shouldn't be TOO much of a challenge... I hope. :)

angelmeg said...

I am under strict obedience from a confessor to NEVER give up chocolate again.

I tried it during lent once and it didn't bring me closer to God it brought me closer to insanity, anger and despair. Hence his penance that I should NEVER EVER try something like that again.

I would be willing to go along with sic and give up washing dishes though, or laundry.

How about if I give up cookies? Oh wait I can't eat them anyway becuse I am allergic to wheat flour. Guess that would be too easy.

The Ironic Catholic said...

sic, sweetie,
I thank you for your willingness to sacrifice.

:)

Melody said...

It's far, far too late for me, as I was finishing a chocolate bar as I read this...
I'll find somewhere to volunteer though.

Rufus McCain said...

I ate three pieces of fudge only moments ago. I'll think about it, though.

Antony said...

IC, how will we do a check in, if we are doing this? I'm in and with the program.

Jeff Miller said...

Of course Advent is not a penitential season, at least in the universal law of the Latin Church.

Take a look at Jimmy Akin's article on the subject.
http://jimmyakin.typepad.com/defensor_fidei/2006/12/whats_with_all_.html

The Purple vestments and the supression of the Gloria (though not the Alleluia) is what leads many to think that it is.

Potamiaena said...

What a great idea. I'm in also. I can do it. I can do it. I think I can do it!

The Ironic Catholic said...

Antony, people can check in on this post in the comments section. I'll put up a new post with each week, for people to say how they are doing; if they are seeing this as helpful, etc.

No chocolate today.

Jeff, thanks for your input, but let me say...if I am saying "Come Lord Jesus", I sure want Jesus to find me penitant. There is joy in that waiting too, a confidence in God's goodness. But if avoiding the excesses of the season in some small way helps me remember the Incarnation occured for my sin, then I think it is a good thing.

Anonymous said...

The bishop is not going to take away my Catholic membership card if I am happy during Advent... No, I will NOT be penitential. For 6 days I will sing "Deck the Halls," and on the 7th day, "O Come O Come Emanuel." Listen, it's a compromise.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Munching on a bagel. No chocolate today....

The Ironic Catholic said...

You notice how, you're out shopping, and ALL the pick-me-up snacks have chocolate in them?

Ah well. Yes, I have resisted so far.

IR said...

It used to be, that there was a fast from Martinmass until christmass. This was termed a lent. Advent is a penitiential season, preparing us for the second comeing of christ.

I will not give up chocolate--I don't really eat much of it and tend to give it to my granddaughter--I did give up beer, which is my comfort treat.

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

I'll give up college football for the rest of Advent, how's that? I'd give up chocolate, but we've got all this stuff left over from Halloween..