What Valkyries Can Give Up/Start Doing This Lent

What Valkyries Can Give Up/Start Doing This Lent

Lent. This highly celebrated season in the Catholic Church begins Wednesday, Mar. 1, and will last until Holy Thursday, Apr. 13.

Lent is a time of sacrificing things we do not necessarily need, but that we would have difficulty going without in our daily lives. These sacrifices go along with the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, which is why some are encouraged to fast throughout Lent. Likewise, the sacrifices we make ultimately parallel the sacrifice Jesus made for all people when he was crucified.  Though these are small in comparison, the things we give up helps us to strengthen our relationship with God and to grow in our faith.

Below are just a few examples of things you can give up this Lenten season:

  • specific social media apps
  • caffeine (sodas, coffee, etc.)
  • sweets (candy, cookies, ice cream, etc.)
  • meat
  • fried foods
  • fast food
  • Netflix
  • online shopping or unnecessary spending
  • negativity (gossiping, self deprecation, etc.)
  • gaming apps or video games
  • texting and driving
  • sarcasm
  • procrastination

While it is easy to decide on something to give up for Lent, a bigger challenge is to do something in return. During this season of the church, we are also encouraged to add something into our lives that we think should be done more frequently. It offers us a chance to give back to not only our community, but to ourselves. By adding something good into our lives, we can better appreciate ourselves and the morals upheld by our faith.

Below are a few examples of things to possibly add into your life this Lenten season:

  • exercising for 30 min. to 1 hr. a day
  • donate money to a charity of your choice
  • use less water (take shorter showers, do not leave the faucet running, etc.)
  • do small acts to gain more self confidence (write positive notes to yourself, give yourself a compliment a day, etc.)
  • be more kind to others (admit your faults, etc.)
  • try not to waste electricity (turn lights off when you leave a room, do not leave certain things running, etc.)
  • instead of watching T.V., read a book instead
  • read a Bible verse each day/week and try to reflect this message in your daily life
  • be mindful of the true meaning of Easter
  • go to Church every Sunday
  • complete more community service activities

It is important to recognize the true meaning of Lent, as described in the paragraphs above As Valkyries, especially, we are highly encouraged to partake in this event as a means to strengthen our faith. While 40 days without chocolate or online shopping seems difficult, knowing that you have overcome those obstacles and stuck to your promise will be extremely worth it.