Letting Go of Bad Habits During Lent

Liturgical Year - LentDuring my Webinar last evening, I asked participants to share suggestions of bad habits we can let go of during Lent. What a great list of suggestions! What resonates with you? What might you add?

  • Gossiping­
  • Lack of patience­
  • Anger­
  • ­Being judgmental­
  • ­Laziness­
  • ­TV Shows­
  • ­Negative self talk­
  • ­Being opinionated
  • ­Spending too much time on Facebook
  • ­Watching too much TV­
  • ­Spending too much time on the Internet­
  • ­Negative thinking­
  • ­Not praying enough­
  • ­Unkind words to others­
  • ­Social media in excess­
  • ­Worry­
  • ­Waking up too late (laziness)­
  • ­Too much internet / cell phone use­
  • ­Too much technology­
  • ­Pettiness­
  • ­Over eating­
  • ­Neglecting prayer­
  • Complaining­
  • ­Busyness­
  • Watching reality TV
  • ­Being wasteful­
  • ­Worrying­
  • ­Not praying before eating, bed, etc­
  • ­Impatience­
  • Bad habit of lying­
  • ­Our attitudes towards others­
  • Checking e-mail in the morning when I wake up before praying to God and saying thank you!­
  • ­Holding grudges
  • Procrastinating­
  • ­Apathy­
  • ­Resentment­
  • Ignoring the needs of others
  • Being careless with words­
  • Being short-tempered, impatient­
  • ­Thinking that God doesn’t care enough about me­
  • Forgetting to be kind and compassionate with and to others­
  • Sugar sweets­
  • Junk food­
  • Get rid of a long-held grudge­
  • ­Sarcastic remarks; speak respectfully to everyone­
  • Controlling, criticizing­
  • ­Give up desserts­
  • ­Frivolous time on the computer­
  • Video games­
  • ­Using the dishwasher­
  • ­Give up TV & read bible­
  • ­Get rid of the noise­
  • ­Negative attitude­
  • ­Religious cd’s not car radio­
  • ­To get rid of Clutter­
  • ­Excessive shopping­
  • ­Pettiness­
  • ­Putting prayer off later and later in the day until it doesn’t happen­
  • Let go of destructive attitudes toward others and/or their behaviors­
  • ­Criticism­
  • ­Put aside extra time for prayer each day­
  • Oversleeping instead of prayer time­

 

  • Complaining and finding fault­
  • Give up my computer solitaire habit and say my Liturgy of Hours on time­
  • ­Making prayer a low priority that there is never time to get to­
  • ­Detraction­
  • ­Impatience­
  • ­Let go of anger at family­
  • Being unforgiving­
  • ­Not taking time for others­
  • ­Jealousy­
  • ­Having an opinion on everything, whether asked or not­
  • Sometimes the thought is to give up but perhaps also its about doing more doing more for others, caring, etc­
  • Seeking revenge of those that hurt  your children­
  • ­Give up talk radio­
  • Rushing through the day, not enjoying the time with family­
  • ­Reacting right away, now more pausing during lent­
  • ­Not looking for the good in others­
  • ­Anxiety  – Be not afraid­
  • ­No wasteful spending­
  • ­Over extending myself in things that take me away from more family time­
  • ­Excess noise, turn off radio on drive into work­

 

About Joe Paprocki 2157 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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