Newman students are preparing for the Lenten season

By: Reiley Bartel, Online Editor

The season of Lent is almost here: that time of year when believers avoid meat on Fridays and work to be better by giving up something or adding extra intentions starts on Wednesday.

Lent is a liturgical season observed by most Christian churches that lasts 40 days, excluding Sundays. It starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday

At Newman, many students are preparing to observe Lent and have different ways they’ll do it.

Freshman Alex Schreiner, said she was going to do something a little bit different this year.

“This year for Lent, I decided that I wasn’t going to eat past eight o’clock, no snacking,” she said. “Of course there is the exception of softball: if I have not eaten yet, and it’s past eight, I’m going to eat dinner.”

Sophomore Isabel Porres plans on doing something a little more traditional, along with adding in a few extra things to help improve her prayer life.

“I will be deleting Instagram, and I plan to set aside 15 minutes at least three times a week, to pray with scripture,” she said.

“My plan as of right now is probably going to be to say a rosary at least once a day, as well as some quiet reflection once a day,” said senior John Suffield.

Eliana Gaytan, a freshman this year, wanted to do something a little bit extra.

“Since Lent is a time of conversion through small acts of repentance, one of the things I am focusing on is spending less time on my phone and instead using that time to say short prayers throughout the day,” she said. “So, instead of scrolling through Instagram while I wait for an event to start, I’ll say a prayer for everyone around me and whatever activities we have going on.”

Sometimes, what you do for Lent can be really simple.

“I am making an effort to be nicer this Lent season,” said sophomore Dylan Sykes.

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