Prayer, fasting and almsgiving: those three words can remind any devoted Catholic about the Lenten journey we spend every year preparing ourselves for Jesus to save us from our sins. During Lent, we are told that because Jesus sacrificed his life for our sins and that we should sacrifice something for those 40 days that is […]
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving: those three words can remind any devoted Catholic about the Lenten journey we spend every year preparing ourselves for Jesus to save us from our sins. During Lent, we are told that because Jesus sacrificed his life for our sins and that we should sacrifice something for those 40 days that is important to us. Because CB is a faith-oriented community, the Talon wanted to find out how people on campus prepare for one of the most important dates on the liturgical calendar.
Before Lent, we always hear the question”what are you giving up for Lent?” It can be difficult to come up with something, but CB junior, Lolo Larraguivel (‘20), mentions that “even if you are Catholic, you shouldn’t feel forced to sacrifice things because it’s about growing as a person rather than feeling forced to do it.”
“We give up what is good and what is pleasant by restraining ourselves and we are actually cleaning our spirituality,” says religious students instructor Fr. Frantisek Murin.
“We should always be sacrificing small things, but Lent is a time where we sacrifice something to connect yourself more spiritually or just for your own sake,” Lolo says.
CB religion teacher Mr. Pat Hayes, mentions that lent is “almost like a New Year’s resolution.”
“In this community, people are able to say yes to something for their friends,” he says, “which makes them say no to so many things they could’ve done for themselves.”
Just like how some people try and change their lifestyle in January for the new year, Lent is “basically another chance before the midyear happens to start over” says Sam Lingao (‘20).
Usually when people do give something up for Lent, it’s usually something simple like chocolate or potato chips. But Sam that goes beyond any expectation.
“I am an ambassador for a fundraiser for Thirst Project that helps end the global water crisis and try and spread the word around and raise money and awareness for the problem around the world. Along with that, I would like to spend at least an hour every week helping people in need.”
Anyone could do something as big as Sam or something as small as what Lolo is thinking of, which is giving up social media.
“I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out),” Lolo mentions. “I think it will be a big challenge to not use social media because I wouldn’t be able to hear what is going on in the moment.”
But if you choose to participate in Lenten practices and don’t want to give up something, you can always pray, fast, or give alms.
“There are various different practices all the way from like minimum like fasting strictly on the first day of lent and on the last day to the maximum where people only eat one meal daily,” Fr. Murin mentions.
Lolo claims that by doing any of these things “can help you grow spiritually and it can improve your habits to become a better person.”
As CB celebrates Lent, remember that it is not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged not only to improve anyone’s spiritual relationship but also improve healthy habits.