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  1. The toughest give of all … technology time! After 10pm, no tv, no phone, no texting, no Tweeting … instead, I am going to read some awesome Catholic books.

  2. Great interview! Before seeing The Way, my husband and I were considering a long hike of the Appalachian Trail for a milestone birthday in a few years. The movie changed our mind and now we are setting our sights on the Camino. That is more long-term but for Lent, I am thinking some sort of technology denial and adding daily mass.

  3. I’m thankful that my work schedule & location will allow for me to resume one of my favorite Lenten practices – Daily Mass during lunch. I will also give up alcohol.

  4. Dianna

    Great interview, Lisa!

    I’m planning on: giving up profanity, which is such a struggle for me. I’m also planning on more time in Adoration, as well as service projects with the kids.

  5. Mark S.

    My Way this year for Lent is to seek quiet places so I can listen to God. This means, concretely, no radio/music in the car during work commutes and enforced, scheduled times for at least 1/2 hour of bible or spiritual reading every day.

    • This is great, Mark. I am also incorporating more silence. While I rarely watch TV, the radio is always on in the background. It’s gotta go for the same reasons you mention. Godspeed!

  6. Kelly S

    Nice interview…sounds like a really good movie!

    Several years ago, I realized that adding positive habits or substituting positive habits for old negative ones made more of an impact on me during Lent than giving up things. In keeping with that, I plan to make time each day to read some of the spiritual books that I have on my shelf (starting with “A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms”). I also plan to replace one of my meals each day with a health shake…it is a great time to take care of the body as well as the mind!

    • Great suggestions, Kelly! I agree adding something like a new spiritual practice can be quite meaningful and long lasting. Enjoy reading A Book of Saints – I am glad you have it in your library.

  7. We thought this movie looked so good when we first heard about it! Would love to win a copy to watch and share! I am working on my Lent plans today. Really focusing on substituting positive things for things that take up my time that are not really needed.

  8. I’m really puzzling over exact form of what I want to do, but I know that it involves my children and my time, which is easily filled up by work-from-home projects and a baby on my lap (sleeping, nursing, sleeping, nursing). My 2nd youngest is having some acting out issues (transition related, no doubt!), and it seems to be better when I can focus on him more. And my little chromosomally-gifted 5yo is just too easy to overlook, because she’s so good at entertaining herself. So I want to figure out a way to be a better steward of my children during Lent.

    Loved this interview, BTW. I’m getting more interested in & excited about this movie with everything I read–I have to admit I started as a sketpic.

  9. This lent I’m focusing on transitioning in my journey of recovery from out of the house into the world. It’s very overwhelming and I feel very alone in this part of the journey so really trusting God and putting myself out there again. I’ve known for awhile that I wanted to make some type of pilgrimage in thanksgiving for the gift of my life. After watching this movie I was so touched and moved I knew without a doubt that I had to incorporate el camino de Santiago in my pilgrimage and that doing a part of el camino will be in thanksgiving for my full physical recovery! Praise God!
    Here’s more about my three pilgrimages of thanksgiving – http://wp.me/poSZd-gR

  10. I forgot to mention my other lenten things… I’m renewing my consecration to Jesus thru Mary (the 33 day dealio), I’m getting back to praying the Liturgy of the Hours… at least Lauds and Compline every day. I’ve slacked big time on LOH. I want to give something up but STILL haven’t figured out what yet. I know, I know… time’s a ticking! ;) Some type of food, or not as much music, no more Netflix???… ugh! I just can’t decide!!! *shakes head*

  11. grace

    The Way really portrayed the reality of walking and sharing your pilgrimage with others, just like with our lives. My Way this lent will be, the same, welcomed relief from technology and noise. And more quiet time reflecting on my daily actions. The goal is to hold myself to a standard of GRACE rather than Perfection. Quiet the challenge for this human.

  12. I just saw The Way today. It was SO wonderful! I’m going to watch it again tomorrow before it has to go back.

    For Lent I am giving up Facebook, YouTube and Television to focus on prayer and filling my days with more meaningful, productive things.

  13. Sarah

    Rising early (Sirach 4:12), spiritually adopt a family in need, adding n additional weekly Holy Hour, plus participating in 40 Days for Life — woohoo, go Jesus!

  14. For the 9th Lent I’m a widow(er), so this won’t mean a lot to most of you; however, I’m cutting ‘way back on tv, the internet and CDs. Instead, I’ll try to listen more to 1) God,
    2) my conscience, and 3) the daily Mass gospel readings.

    On another subject, I would love to read the text of the screenplay of
    “The Way.” Can you tell me if it is for sale?
    Thanks.

  15. Carol

    We loved The Way too, the part about the mother regretting her abortion had me crying out loud. For Lent my husband and I are giving up our morning coffee and evening cocktails, just water with a lemon slice will have to do for us. Easter seems a long way off right now! But we will help each other. Also both of us are renewing our St. Louis de Montfort 33-day consecration to Jesus through Mary. Also I am personally going to try to give up annoying people so much.

  16. Madlen

    For this Lent, I’m giving up caffeninated drinks,(I hardly drink water so I hope I can stick to this) and going to bed early (night owl here) and cutting back online activit by reading more spiritual reading.

  17. I just found this interview and enjoyed it very much! You pulled out information that I haven’t seen in any other interview or article. I watched the movie four times in the theaters and bought the DVD – it brings back so many memories of our bicycle trip on the Camino in the Summer of 2011.

  18. an interesting movie! the first one I know that haves an insight of St. James way from a modern point of view! Having been walked since the Middle Ages, it was about time :)

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