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... MORE
On Saturday, November 22nd, the Knights of Columbus hosted Campus Ministry’s first ever Dinner Date Dance in the Campus Ministry Center. Over 80 people attended the event and, through ticket sales, over $700 was raised to help Christians in the Middle East.
The Campus Ministry Center was completely transformed from its typical set up, with flowers, black and white decorations, and candlelight along with a dance floor.
The evening started with an hour during which those in attendance, dressed in semi-formal attire, enjoyed conversation and delicious hors d’oeuvres. This was followed by a sit-down dinner with a three course menu prepared by Assistant Chaplain Father Justin Brophy featuring pasta in vodka sauce, chicken stuffed with couscous and asparagus, and an array of freshly baked desserts. After dinner, students headed to the dance floor, which was full for the rest of the evening.
This event was a complete success and was better than I could have imagined. A huge thanks to Father Justin, Community Life, and everyone who helped put this event together. Everyone had an amazing time and it was a great alternative to spending a Saturday night in the library or off campus and provided a fun environment where everyone could get dressed up and have fun.
Guest Blogger: Brendan Kelly On Saturday, November 22nd, the Knights of Columbus hosted Campus Ministry’s first ever Dinner Date Dance in... MORE