Thursday, March 1, 2012

York Countians make creative sacrifices during the 40 days before Easter

From York PA-

Jesus might have bested Satan, but he never faced a temptation as great as Facebook.

Lindsay Grady did, and she overcame. While it was hard, the Spring Garden Township woman gave up Facebook for Lent last year.

Grady, who attends Praise Community Church in Spring Garden, said she continuously picked up and put down her smart phone for the first few days. Finally, she deleted the Facebook app to erase the temptation.

"Every time I thought about how much I missed it, I thought about how I was showing God that he meant more to me than social networking did," she said.

Lent, which began last week with Ash Wednesday, is the 40-day period when Christians often practice sacrifice and self-denial. It concludes with Holy Week and the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Traditional targets of Lenten self-sacrifice include chocolate, sweets, alcohol and meat. Grady, 34, is among the new generation of Christians who are updating the list to include the addictive social media toys.

Stacy Portko said she "contemplated" giving up Facebook last year, but changed her mind. "This year I will!" she vowed in an email.

The Dillsburg woman has attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg for the past 21 years.

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