Lent is becoming commercialized

Lent is becoming commercialized
Lent is traditionally a time of penance and prayer, and people used to fast purely so as to make themselves undergo a sacrifice so as to relate better to Christ’s suffering. However, there are many who relate the fasting as a good excuse to diet. In this sense I feel that in modern times Lent has taken a rather commercialized viewpoint for many. Linking Lent to self-denial is generally being considered as a form of self-improvement, but this is not really being done for its moral point of view, but rather to manage to reap other benefits from it, such as being slimmer for the summer months which are round the corner.

Simply giving something up is not spiritual. So, for those who are taking this from this point of view, I really think that sadly, the whole point of Lenten sacrifice in the form of fasting is losing its real value. And with a culture where more and more people are becoming obsessed with their figure and weight, Lent is ending up getting mixed up with it all!

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sspi

Yes, unfortunately

Yes many people are using this time of year as a sorry excuse for their weight loss goals. It is a pity that there are so many spiritually ignorant people who relate something so dumb with a time that is so spiritual and religious. It is something that makes me feel sad for how low some people end up going in their morality, and how religion is sadly losing its value for many people.
Posted by sspi on 03-20-2017
Shortie

Losing track

I agree, you see now so many people using Lent as an excuse to give up things like chocolate or fast foods in a bid to lose the weight they wish to lose for the warmer months that are close by completely forgetting what Lent is really about. I still know people who give up things like meat for Lent which is what you expect but the majority of people now use it as a target to lose weight and gain something for themselves.
Posted by Shortie on 03-19-2017
Jeshurun

Noo

Lent Commercialization is not that significant compared with that of Christmas and easter, the two takes a clear commercialization turn around the world owing to the increase in market demands that take a sharp rising curve. Lent is treated with much sacredness, to me lent takes a sacred turn rather than commercialization.

The market demands for some products decrease during lent, because people carefully work on turning a new leaf. Lent has been very useful in correcting wrong mindsets.

Posted by Jeshurun on 03-22-2017
Mahshiemonalisa

no strong tradition of fasting in US

There is not a strong tradition of fasting in the US. Fasting is a part of may faiths and cultures but it is a rather foreign ideal for most Americans. I grew us in the Christian church and fasting was not really embraced as a regular ritual. It makes sense that given our weight-focused culture some would use the Lenten season as an excuse to "fast" for image reasons rather than spiritual ones. It's very difficult to fast in our culture because you can't just do it along with everyone else as in Ramadan. You often are alone in your fast and that makes it more challenging.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 03-20-2017
mansoorjoshi

i think it is strong

Shortie

I agree, you see now so many people using Lent as an excuse to give up things like chocolate or fast foods in a bid to lose the weight they wish to lose for the warmer months that are close by completely forgetting what Lent is really about. I still know people who give up things like meat for Lent which is what you expect but the majority of people now use it as a target to lose weight and gain something for themselves.

Posted by mansoorjoshi on 03-21-2017
hermessantos

Lent is becoming commercialized

Yes! Not only Lent, but other religious holidays simply became commercial. Christmas and Easter are good examples of how many people have left aside the spiritual concept to care only for material goods.
Posted by hermessantos on 07-15-2017

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Comments

Lethal63
I am a protestant type of catholic, a charismatic catholic who doesn't believe in praying to Mary Mother of Jesus (Saying the Hail Mary) or praying to the saints or bow down to statues of them (I say this is idolatry) though I do the sign of the cross, and No I don't wear a crucifix or have a rosary. However on Lent, I can't agree that it's being commercialized because some people do fast from the bottom of their hearts yet I do agree that it is being commercialized because some are fasting and for show that they are fasting which is against the rules on the bible. You shouldn't fast to look religious, you should do so to be in unity with God The Father, God The Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Posted by Lethal63 on 05-04-2017
Golden Geek
I don't believe there's wrong with giving up specific food/dieting for Lent; if you're improving yourself and thinking about your religion at the same time, isn't that a good thing?
Posted by Golden Geek on 06-20-2017
overcast
I think some of the effects of other religion are going to happen. And that way commercializing things is going to happen. I mean some of the priests also get sold for some book deal etc. So that can be possible if people are thinking about it. I think lot of people need to understand that changes may continue to happen. One has to roll with the changes. And based on that it is possible to design the right set of life.
Posted by overcast on 07-01-2017