Lent

Candace Cameron Bure reveals what she’s giving up for Lent

By Beverly Weeks

High profile Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure has taken to Twitter to advise what she is giving up for Lent.

She is known for her role as D.J. Tanner on Full House, which she reprised as D.J. Tanner-Fuller on Fuller House. Fuller House has increased her profile remarkably, with the Hallmark Channel re-hashing the show decades on.

I’m celebrating Lent this year a different way. Instead of giving up sweets, coffee, etc. I’m choosing to give up my platform to speak on girls struggling in poverty. I’m choosing to speak up.”

Bure posted the video below to Twitter showing her support for women in poverty.

Lent, the forty days before Easter (not counting Sundays), is a somewhat curious period in the Church’s calendar in that some churches and Christians treat Lent very seriously, while others ignore it entirely.

A little like fasting, even among those who keep Lent, there is no agreement on how it should be kept. Many Christians try to give up something: for instance, chocolate, social media or television. It’s even become a period for us to try to break bad habits, almost as if Lent gives us another opportunity to retake those New Year’s resolutions!

“Over the years, my passion for helping children in poverty has continued to grow,” Candace, pictured below in Ecuador with the family of the children she sponsors, Ketzia and Mia, said. “However, more recently, I’ve pursued a new, even more specific passion — to care for girls living in poverty.

“Poverty is unfair to everyone, but it’s especially unfair to girls. They face a unique set of challenges, including child marriage, education discrimination, sexual abuse and exploitation, lack of access to proper feminine hygiene care products, and more. I’ve seen it firsthand.

“So, in light of this passion, I’ve decided to dedicate this Lenten season to doing all I can to stand up, advocate and fight for girls living in poverty. Throughout this holy season, I will be “giving up” some of my normal social media posts in order to speak up for girls living in poverty.”

Image courtesy Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia Commons

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