Students flocked to the Denaples Center Ballroom to commemorate the beginning of the Christian Lenten season.
A major theme that resonated throughout the homily was that, while no one wants the fun of Mardi Gras to end on Fat Tuesday, there is a great joy in taking up a Lenten sacrifice to put at the foot of the cross on Easter. While Lent is usually seen as a time of repentance and abstaining, it can also be seen as a time for reflection and self-examination. Furthermore, it doesn’t always have to coincide with “giving things up,” as Lent can be a time to add positive changes into your life.
With that being said, if you’re still thinking about what you can do during Lent to fortify your spirit and prepare for the Easter holiday, here are some ideas for what to temporarily cut out (or add on) to your life.
- Spark Joy the Marie Kondo way by donating one thing each day for all 40 days of Lent. (this can include donating pocket change, or even donating your time to help a friend)
- Swap out complaints for compliments.
- Replace 30 minutes of screen time with 30 minutes of reflection, meditation or prayer.
- Give up the snooze button on your alarm clock (It’ll make getting to that 8 a.m. a lot easier)
- Take something on instead: 40 days of writing letters, 40 random acts of kindness, 40 phone calls to the important people in your life.
- Spend a weekend volunteering.
- Make a conscious effort to learn more about a social justice issue and strive to help the cause (immigration, human trafficking, racism, the environment, public education, poverty).