More and More People are Giving up Lent for Lent

group of young people observing Ash Wednesday not looking too happy about it

ST. PETERSBURG- Abstaining from meat is still the most popular choice for Lent among Americans but meat lovers everywhere are stretching the rules by giving up gluten, alcohol on just Fridays and even some extreme measures like going off Facebook for 40 days. The latest trend we’re seeing now is just giving up Lent for Lent.

For each of the last sixteen years, there’s been a steady increase of those finding giving up Lent for Lent to be the right choice for them spiritually. At NRT we spoke with some of those jumping on the band wagon, and here is what they had to say:

Angie Nostick said, “It was too hard giving up dark chocolate, so I thought this was the next best option.”

Ima Heiden said, “Look I know giving up Lent for Lent can be really hard on your conscience, but fortunately it’s only 40 days.”

Phil Listeen said, “I’ve given up Lent for Lent each of the last five years and proud to say no more cravings for meat.”

Barb Arion said, “I know giving up Facebook may raise your self-esteem, but giving up Lent allows you to spend more time with your marginal friends.”