To Whom It May Concern,
I do not think you fully grasp the significance of Lenten sacrifices. Lent is not a time to start a diet or to fulfill a New Year’s resolution. It is a time to abstain from a vice, whether that is Instagram or chocolate, in order to develop a deeper relationship with God and live simply and purposefully for 40 days. Lent is about fasting from something that gives you pleasure and indulges you in gluttony or sloth, or any of the other deadly sins. The three pillars of Lent are pray, fast, give; fasting is just one aspect.
Thus far, my Lenten journey has led me to reexamine what I eat and be intentional about everything I put into my mouth. It has led me to a greater connection with my health and my faith. It has led me to insightful conversations with my peers about access to food and food waste.
Rather than abstain, many opt to add something to their routine, whether that is daily prayer, adoration, reconciliation, reaching out to loved ones or mending broken relationships. Lent is a time to repent and renew ourselves, in preparation for Easter.
As Mark 12:41-44 recounts, even an impoverished widow who has very little to offer still partakes in the temple’s collection, same as the wealthy elite. She puts God before self, trusting in His unending love and mercy.
Lent is a time to separate ourselves from our earthly desires, to remove those temptations that inhibit us from connecting with God. To you, it is just refraining from chocolate, but to us, it is a critical selection. I do not expect everyone to understand Lent, but what I ask for is respect for the people, on this campus and beyond, who are experiencing this holiest of seasons.