Any Gay Catholics observing Lent?

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    Feb 06, 2008 8:30 AM GMT
    Well, the subject is quite self explanatory. Now I know how many of you feel about religion but I want to know IF there are any gay catholics or for that matter anyone who is observing lent. If you are, how are you gonna observe it?

    Being born and raised a Catholic, I'm not blinded by 'love the Homo, hate the Homosexuality' spiel. My friends consider me a troublemaker in my parish and never ever try to initiate any discussion regarding religion with me- not because I argue like a flaming queen but because they don't like to question their conditioning.

    However, I do find myself constantly torn. There is a lot of beauty in organised religion as well, and you always need someone to work from within to bring about changes in the magisterium (Anyone read Philip Pullman's 'His dark materials'? Big fan hereicon_biggrin.gif)

    Sorry for droning on and on. Gotta do something about that. So, any pious queens out there?icon_lol.gif
  • GQjock

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    Feb 06, 2008 11:38 AM GMT
    Yeah...
    I gave up Catholicism for Lent back in 1985
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    Feb 06, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    Regardless of beliefs and church politics, I like the structure of traditional celebrations and observances, and so yes, I'll be observing. Taking less for yourself doesn't seem like such a bad thing for 40 days, especially with so much abundance in our lives for the rest of the year.


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    Feb 06, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    Yeas, I am giving up meat and all animal products. Oh, wait a minute...
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    Feb 06, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    I'm giving up meat, fish and eggs. For me its very difficult to do so. Although in India its not that bad. Last year I was in Europe during Lent. It was then that I truly appreciated the wealth of Indian vegetarian cuisine. I'm also trying to abstain from gossiping, but...we'll see how that goesicon_biggrin.gif

    Day one was ok so far.
  • swlaman82

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    Feb 06, 2008 5:23 PM GMT
    I am trying to watch my language and what I say about other people, my ex and some of my employees in particular.
  • jc_online

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    Feb 06, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    Although not a Catholic I decided to observe this christian tradition this year. I kind of a former-Lutheran-pagan leaning-Agnostic at this point, and I incorporate things from different religions into my spiritual journey. Lent fits with my personal goals this year, so I will observe it.

    Beer. I love it. But I am cutting it out for lent. And if it helps my nutrition and weight training goals - I may give it up for good!
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    Feb 06, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
    I am Episcopalian (Anglican) and yes I do observe lent - the ashes earlier today, eating fish on Fridays, etc.

    icon_lol.gif And of course I think it's incredibly selfless of me to forgo both American Football and Baseball for Lent. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 06, 2008 5:55 PM GMT
    As a practicing Catholic and very proud of my Church, yes I am observing Lent. I am giving up arguing with those who have left the Church.
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    Feb 06, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    Same here, born and raised catholic. I have stopped going to church as the last time I was there, I recall the father saying how being gay was sin. The guy when on and on on how bad we were all siners (not just gay people), he was loud and upset.

    I was raised in Mexico, mass there is so different than mass here, I went to a catholic teenage group and those times were the best of my life!! The father in charge of the group was a very cool, young caring father and was always pushing us to be kind to one another and get us to understand the hard years to come as a teenager.

    So, for the past 6 or 7 years I stopped following lent, and really did not care anymore, my mom and dad do not accept this but they keep telling to at least have faith.

    I still believe I am catholic and I only focus on the good side of it, I believe god loves and protects me and the virgen mary is always looking over me. I do not believe that being gay is a sin and hating others is a big sin!

    So I decided for this year to follow lent as an appreciation to god, the virgen mary, my great grandma who passed last year (she was 106 y/o, I miss you!) for all the good things that have happened in my life. My family, niece and nephew, my partner, my job and being able to travel.

    Im not giving up anything for lent but, I will follow through the right way. We just dont eat meat today (ash wednesday) and fridays until lent is over.

    I thought I shared this and please respect peoples beliefs and love one another.
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    Feb 06, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    Wow, I keep forgetting how fast this came this year. I shouldn't have skipped church this sunday. I guess I'll give up something really vain and gay. Like carbs or something. Or my feather boa.
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    Feb 06, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    Episcopalian here and this is what I did for Lent last year and will be doing this year. Instead of giving something up, I went to the Darfur Wall every day and donated $1 to light a number on the wall. I recommend you check it out. Coincidentally, they estimate 400,000 killed so there are 40 squares of 10,000 numbers.

    Ironically, I got got interviewed for the Seattle Examiner because the site creators noticed the same person donating every day.

    I would try to remember the Episcopal confession of sin each day when I made my donation:

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    Feb 06, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    Yes, Happy Ass Wednesday. I hope Jesus and Mary and the Pope give you lots of ass on your faces today!

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    Feb 06, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    Determined to stick to the fish on Fridays rule this year. ...can't promise I won't make dirty jokes about "fishy Fridays" though.

    For all y'all who are giving stuff up, best of luck to you.
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    Feb 06, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    This year, for Lent, I've chosen to give up:
    1) asceticism, 2) dereliction, 3) isolationism, 4) spuriousness, 5) niggardliness, 6) depravity and 7) glibness.

    Forty days is ample time to break old habits and instil new, healthier ones. * crosses fingers *
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    Feb 06, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    I'm gonna spend 40 days wondering where everything I've ever lent out is.
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    Feb 06, 2008 11:58 PM GMT
    Wait. I think I ought to give up my Avoidant Personality Disorder before I tackle the other seven (previously listed). I'll decide later.
  • jarhead5536

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    Feb 07, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    Yes, absolutely. I'm Episcopalian, but it's close enough to Catholic in worship style. We will have weekly vesper services every Wednesday and Friday through Lent. Then, during Holy Week, vespers every evening, and the Great Vigil on Saturday before Easter. I am a church musician, and it will be glorious and deeply spiritual
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    Feb 07, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    Aero, I'll bet you have my falafel scoop.
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    Feb 07, 2008 12:02 AM GMT
    jarhead5536I am a church musician, and it will be glorious and deeply spiritual


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    Feb 07, 2008 12:28 AM GMT
    McGay said[quote][cite]jarhead5536[/cite]I am a church musician, and it will be glorious and deeply spiritual


    Soprano? icon_razz.gif[/quote]

    Cute. I play the piano and sing BASS.
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    Feb 07, 2008 8:30 AM GMT
    proud catholic here.
    practicing works of charity - satisfying celibate priests and similar less-fortunate gorgeous guys
    following Xt's teaching - loving my fucking hot neighbour as myselficon_razz.gif
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    Feb 07, 2008 8:49 AM GMT
    jc_online saidAlthough not a Catholic I decided to observe this christian tradition this year. I kind of a former-Lutheran-pagan leaning-Agnostic at this point, and I incorporate things from different religions into my spiritual journey. Lent fits with my personal goals this year, so I will observe it.

    Beer. I love it. But I am cutting it out for lent. And if it helps my nutrition and weight training goals - I may give it up for good!



    I'm no theologian, but I think that Catholicism involves a certain amount of agnosticism as well.

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    Hey jarhead 5536, I sing bass too; I'm not that fluent on the piano though.
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    Feb 07, 2008 9:02 AM GMT
    Im was also born and raised catholic and ever since coming to school have found a more accepting parish (one that even has a LGBT group-not that i attend, but the option is there) which makes it easier to observe this lenten season.

    As far as sacrificing, ive given up sex. That way i can feel more confident in myself that the reason why I'm not getting any lately is solely my decision. With my luck all the opportunities will come within these next 40 days. hahahahaha
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    Feb 07, 2008 9:09 AM GMT
    AndyDrew saidIm was also born and raised catholic and ever since coming to school have found a more accepting parish (one that even has a LGBT group-not that i attend, but the option is there) which makes it easier to observe this lenten season.

    As far as sacrificing, ive given up sex. That way i can feel more confident in myself that the reason why I'm not getting any lately is solely my decision. With my luck all the opportunities will come within these next 40 days. hahahahaha



    So you're hoping for temptations to change your luck?
    What do you know, seems like I've found a kindred spirit!icon_lol.gif

    Jokes aside though, its wonderful you've found a more accepting parish. We need more of them all over the world.