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Here’s How People Are Reacting To Starting Lent On Valentine’s Day And Figuring Out What To Give Up

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Lent and Valentine’s Day are always close to each other but it has been more than 70 years since they have been on the same day. The coming together of these two dates has really rocked a few people to their core. Lent is a religious holiday that lasts 40 days and is marked with fasting and sacrificing pleasures and indulgences leading up to Easter. It has led to more than a few people reconsidering the things they are giving up for Lent because chocolate reigns supreme on this day. Here are a collection of tweets talking about the confusion and sadness people are experiencing as Valentine’s Day and Lent converge.

Valentine’s Day is about to get really sad for some people as many give up love for Lent.

Bruh. That’s savage. At least you have a plan for this joining of the two holidays.

Like, people everywhere are getting ready for their loved ones to just drop them.

Seems like these men think they are awfully funny all of a sudden.

One user is being unapologetic about her plan to live her best single life possible this year.

Alright, now.

But, wait. What about all the sweets Catholics said they were going to give up?

Chocolate and candies are everything on Valentine’s Day. How many times have you given up chocolate or candy for Valentine’s Day?

Some have started making deals with themselves.

Not a bad plan. As the saying goes, “It is better to ask for forgiveness than permission.”

But, mainly, people are just mourning the loss of candy to Lent.

It’s really going to be the ultimate test. But, you don’t have to give up sweets. You could give up other things you love as much as candy.

Especially super sale candies the day after Valentine’s Day.

Like, that’s the best day to buy your candy. It all has to go and stores are basically giving it away on that day.

Regular Valentine’s Day plans are being canceled.

It is a tragic day when you have to get rid of the special meal you share with your SO every year.

To be fair, some people are totally fine with giving things up on Valentine’s Day.

Well put.

And they are letting the world know that it really isn’t that big of a deal.

Very true.

But so many more people are feeling a little bit like this.

Let us know…


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Catholics Are Upset With Pope Francis For Donating Money To Help Migrants In Mexico

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Catholics Are Upset With Pope Francis For Donating Money To Help Migrants In Mexico

In a generous move that will help assist over 75,000 migrants currently at the U.S. border, Pope Francis donated $500,000 in aid to migrants. The donation will be distributed between 27 projects associated with 16 Mexican dioceses and congregations. The funds will continue providing food, lodging, and basic necessities to migrants fleeing their home countries through Mexico.

The Vatican says there have been nearly 75,000 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that are essentially “stranded.”

The Catholic Church has been helping those fleeing their home countries by supplying medical necessities. The church is also housing thousands of migrants in hotels within dioceses or congregations. The donation is another way to help as the number of waiting migrants continues to grow in the coming months.

“In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having traveled more than 4,000 kilometers on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala,” reads a press release from the Vatican. “Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the U.S. border remains closed to them.”

Thirteen various projects have also already been approved for aid in Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and Nogales, which all border the U.S. The remaining 14 projects are still undergoing the approval process, according to the press release.

The donation comes less than a month after Francis criticized Trump and other “builders of walls” who want to keep migrants out of their countries.

The funds are another rebuke to President Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration from Francis. In March, he said that “Builders of walls will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build.”

“I realize that with this problem [of migration], a government has a hot potato in its hands, but it must be resolved differently, humanely, not with razor wire,” Francis told reporters.

Back in 2016, Francis suggested that Trump’s desire to keep migrants out of America was an un-Christian decision.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Pope Francis told The New York Times, referring to Trump’s immigration policies.

The donation has angered a lot of people within and outside of the church.

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Religion is supposed to be about compassion. There is something in the bible about welcoming foreigners into your land and treating them kindly. It is almost like people forgot this passage recently…

Others are threatening to turn their backs on the church.

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While no one should be forced to accept anyone’s political affiliation as their own, one would expect that someone part of a church would understand compassion.

Some people are mad because the Catholic church didn’t donate enough.

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The internet is good for one thing: opinions. Social media is a place where no one wins. No matter what you do, people will argue that you did too much, not enough, or got involved in something you shouldn’t be involved with. It’s a real no win.

Some loyal Catholics support the pope and his donation.

The migrant crisis at the border has been exacerbated for months due to U.S. policies targeting migrants and legal asylum seekers. The Trump administration has even started forcing migrants to wait in Mexico as their asylum requests are being processed, which one U.S. federal judge ruled to be illegal.

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Every Latino Can Relate To The Fear Of Cascarones While Celebrating One Of The Holiest Days

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Every Latino Can Relate To The Fear Of Cascarones While Celebrating One Of The Holiest Days

Even if your parents aren’t that religious, we can all remember our abuelitas coming home from mass to spritz holy water in our faces. My abuela had an entire altar in her spare closet complete with statues of Saints, bowls of holy water and velas going 24/7. It was a fire hazard.

Needless to say, if you grew up Catholic, every day was an opportunity to go to church or thank Dios, but no day was as holy as Easter. From the forty days leading up to it down to the very day, welcome to walk down memory lane:

You spent the entire week leading up to Easter (La Semana Santa) going to church every day.

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Even if your family hadn’t been to church since last Christmas, this was the week that your family could be cleansed of all their sins. Pray hard this week and it counts double.

When you were a kid, you went to the church basement halfway through mass to be thoroughly creeped out.

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There may be a home video recording of you telling the Easter Bunny que “eres sucio.” Maybe that’s just me, too. 😉

Everyone and their tía came home with one of these Palm crosses.

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As a kid, once they started passing these out at Palm Sunday mass, you knew some yummy dulces were coming your way in just a few days. My abuela would make a dozen of these and pass them out.

You might even tune into EWTN to see El Papa give the holy mass.

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You had to go fetch tissues for your abuela and kneel on your living room floor just like it was the real thing. Tuning in for Semana Santa masses was always a somber occasion.

Even though Good Friday was the one day a year there was no Mass, you still had to go to the neighborhood reenactment.

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Yes, it was always pretty disturbing as a kid. This is why it’s so easy for our mami’s to guilt trip us into doing or wearing anything. The Catholic guilty conscience starts with the Good Friday plays.

If you ever had an Easter egg hunt, it only had rosary beads inside.

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They’d be extra special if your nana made it for you with your name inscribed. Some easter eggs had little vials of holy water or a tiny cross made of olive wood made in Bethlehem.

You may have made cascarones as a kid.

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The best part is after you’ve drained the eggs, dyed them and filled them with confetti. Throwing them at your siblings or papa might have been the most fun part of Easter.

It was the only time you could lay in the grass with your nice clothes.

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It was also that one day of the year you wore the nice dress your mom kept hanging with a garbage bag over it. You wore it every single year until it became too short for church and then your little prima wore it.

And your mom pulled out her chocolate bunny molds.

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Maybe it was just me, but our kitchen would be lined up with plastic molds of eggs, Easter bunnies, and angels that would be filled with melted chocolate. My mom made chocolate pops out of them and it was magical.

It was just extra magical time.

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…that our parents exploited to get us to se portan bien por Dios. Does lying to children count as a sin?

It also meant the whole family came together to go to the beach after Sunday Mass.

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Or Saturday–the actual day of rest from going to Mass that whole week. Usually, though, your schedule revolved around all the prep time our poor moms spent in the kitchen to prepare for Easter.

As adults, Easter means your tía sending this photo to the group text:

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More likely it’s a bloody image of Christ dying for our sins. The guilt trip never ends, my friends.

Like any family event, you can expect someone to ask you when you’re getting married.

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If your family is extra religious, you’ll hear the chismosas gossiping about whether or not you gave your “V card” away. Ya no puedo.

Today, Easter means looking forward to all the tasty grub, like bacaláo.

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Yes, we’ve been eating fish for the last forty days, but some of us celebrated the miracle of Jesus’ baskets of fish one last time for the year with fried codfish.

Others go full lechón to celebrate the end of the meat fast.

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Typically, Catholics will fast from meat, ranging from the entire Lenten season to just Fridays to every day but Sunday. My family went with every day but Sunday. Comment with your family traditions below!

Claro, there’s the Pan de Pascua.

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It’s not just any ordinary fruit cake. It’s only brought out on the holiest occasions, gaining more popularity at Christmas than the traditional Easter holiday.

If you’re like me and my hermanos, adulting means faking it.

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We’ve all tried to assert our spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs and pass on going to Mass, but nobody wants to make their mom cry. Fake it till you make it, they say.

Maybe you still give something up for Lent?

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There’s something to be said for the meaning of tradition. It feels good to do something with your family, even if it’s effectively a group diet. It still means something.

And today, we get to see our sobrinos in the cutest outfits.

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It looks like they’re getting more comfortable with every generation, gracias a Dios. As adults, it’s amazing to go full circle and help make Easter special for the young ones.

And dress our baby hijos in their own Easter Bunny outfits.

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“Que preciosa, mi muñeca linda! Que Dios te bendiga y te quiero mucho, mi amor!”

Tell me you haven’t said this to your dog and prove that we’re not all our parents when it comes to our dogs. 🐰

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