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We asked local leaders: What are you giving up for lent?
by Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
February 26, 2014 12:47 PM | 1641 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Albers

Dist. 56 Ga. Senator, Roswell

“In 2014, I will be giving up desserts for Lent. This is especially challenging for me as I really enjoy dark chocolate and this time of year, Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies are just arriving. However, giving up something as small as desserts is the least I can do to honor the Lord. This time of the year is especially hectic with legislative session, so an ongoing focus on God is always a good thing. The best way to honor God is to serve other people. This Lent, let’s all serve other people joyfully and more often.”

Jim Cregge

Director of Parks and Recreation, Milton

“Lent is a time of preparation, and the Catholic tradition is to use that time for giving up something. But it also is for starting to do something.  I will be giving up all alcohol for Lent. I do enjoy my beverages on the weekends. This will be a sacrifice for me. In addition, I will commit to exercising every day of Lent. That for me will be the harder challenge. My goal is that both will help me in my efforts to become healthier.”

Michael Cross

Attorney and City Councilman, Alpharetta

“In addition to observing Catholic dietary traditions on Ash Wednesday and each Friday during Lent, I’ve decided to forgo coffee as well. This is something that will cause me to pause and think on a daily basis about the season. In addition, during Lent I try to focus on additional things I can do as opposed solely to restrictions. I think an important part of Lent is increased devotion, not just penitence. Throughout Lent, I’ll take additional time each day to read a devotional and meditate on what I can do better.”

Doreen Scascitelli

Business Development, Roswell Inc., Roswell

“Being a Catholic my entire life has allowed me many years of opportunity to give up my favorite foods throughout the Lenten season. The point of Lent is to experience a lasting transformation, not an adjustment that lasts 40 days. So this year, instead of giving up something, I will ‘give’ — not a novel concept, but religiously committed. My commitment will be shared on each of the 40 days through charitable activity, spending unique time with others, mentoring and sharing faith teachings.”
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