March 10th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
On Ash Wednesday, CNN.com Religion Editor Dan Gilgoff did a video piece (above) explaining Lent and asked what you're giving up for the season.
The response was overwhelming. Here's a sample of what you said:
On the topic of why Lent matters, Caranina wrote:
While Emily said:
Booze seemed to be what many of you are giving up. John wrote, “I gave up alcohol for Lent (which is going to be very, very difficult).” And Sean said:
Sugary stuff was another favorite. Wrote joyceelaine: “I'm giving up pop for lent. It's become a habit that keeps me from sleeping and my grades are starting to be affected.”
We'll just assume you’re from the Midwest, joyceelaine, and mean soda, not music. Samantha is also giving up sweet drinks:
Many of you took a clever approach, such as Veronica:
Luis Wu was also thinking about cash, but not quite the same way: “If anybody wants to give up some money...I could use some.”
Nancy said, “I'm giving up reading the comments section on CNN's religious articles.” And Nathan wrote, “I'm giving up religion for Lent.” He was not alone – many of you also said you were giving up religion, Catholicism or God.
As always, those who already have given up on religion were well represented among the comments. We’re also starting to see a new genre of comment – the anti-atheist post following a pro-atheist post. Wrote brad:
Meanwhile, some of you are giving up social media. Dawn said: “I am giving up Facebook this year. Not because it is addictive, but because I want to spend more time with my family.” Proud Catholic wrote:
And jeff said he’s “giving up the belief blogs for Lent.”
Enjoy the season and remember, while jeff may be giving up reading our blog, you can always get your fix and follow us on Twitter @CNNbelief.
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.