-Anthony Di Ponio, '12
We are constantly given choices: Should I go to mass, or should I watch the big football game on TV? The answer may be obvious, but we do not always make the right decision. It is very easy to turn away from God, but that weakens our relationship with Him. And time and time again, He gives us another chance to come back. This is exactly what happened in the city of Nineveh. The people realized their faults when God threatened to destroy the city, and they quickly repented. We are lucky that God is so merciful.
Lent is a time of repentance. It gives us a chance for renewal of our relationship with God. So many opportunities present themselves during Lent. Some choose to “give up” something they enjoy as a sacrifice to God while others choose to do something positive for others. The Catholic Church also offers numerous opportunities for spiritual growth, such as attending Stations of the Cross, Communal Penance, weekly confessions, and many others. These sacrifices may be difficult to keep up during Lent, but they are extremely miniscule to Jesus sacrificing His life for us. Lent will end, and it is so easy to go back to our normal lives; but the real challenge for us is to keep that spirit and faith alive when Lent is over.