The Ultimate Lenten Challenge

The Ultimate Lenten Challenge

Posted by: on March 9, 2016   |Comments (0)|Love

By guest blogger Alex Napoli ’17

Ever since childhood sacrificing a beloved item or habit has been a staple of the Lenten season. As I grew and matured in my faith life the decision of what to sacrifice and how to behave during these 40 days developed greater meaning. Sacrifices for Lent do not always mean giving something up; rather, I interpret it as sacrificing out of love. In years past I have continued to give something up such as soda, as well as setting a prayerful challenge like attending weekly Mass. By doing so I feel more engaged in the Lenten season and more passionate about the faith. Furthermore, establishing prayerful habits during Lent often continues well after Easter. When deciding on what to give up I often think of something that is always in my life, something that I encounter daily. This year I decided to give up the elevator and only use the stairs. I found that this allows me to remember the Lenten season and reflect on Christ’s sacrifice every time I think about pressing the elevator button in Davis. A Lenten sacrifice should be challenging as well. I try to set high expectations for Lent and challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone. Simple things such as daily Mass challenge your prayer life and call you into a deeper relationship with God. It is easy to let homework and other commitments dominate your day, but daily Mass allows for an opportunity to reflect and appreciate the blessings in your life. It is a spiritual stress ball, and a safe place to go to relax from all the day’s challenges and obstacles. I have found these Lenten practices incredibly beneficial and supportive even after the Lenten season. I encourage everyone to challenge themselves, step out of their comfort zones this season, and allow room for God’s presence in your life. 

By guest blogger Alex Napoli ’17 Ever since childhood sacrificing a beloved item or habit has been a staple of the Lenten season. As I grew and matured in my faith life the decision of what to sacrifice and how to behave during these 40 days developed greater meaning. Sacrifices for Lent do not always […]MORE