What Did You Give Up for Lent?

With the passing of Mardi Gras, Catholics all around the world have entered the time of Lent, a period of preparation for Holy Week. As a part of this preparation, many people offer a sacrifice of some sort to imitate the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us. The sacrifice could be anything from giving up sweets or video games to working out more.

Many don’t realize how much they rely upon those things they sacrificed until they experience life without it, and that is a major part of the struggle. What the sacrifice does is open your eyes to how monumental Jesus’ sacrifice was.

St. Paul’s, as a Catholic high school, has many students who observe the tradition of Lenten sacrifice, and so The Paper Wolf set out to see what students were giving up this year and how they were keeping up with their Lenten resolutions.

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MOC8“I gave up 3 things for Lent. First, I gave up soft drinks; next, I gave up cursing; and lastly, I gave up video games, which has been a really tough sacrifice for me. I’ve let a few bad words go, but other than that, I’m sticking with it,” pre-freshman Tyler Fair said.

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MOC9“I gave up sweets for Lent, but I’ll be honest I haven’t been too strict about it. Along with sweets, I also promised myself that I would work out more often,” freshman Nico Arcuri said.

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MOC10“I gave up listening to music. I have stayed true to it so far. It’s my own conscious decision, and I’m relying upon myself to stay true,” said sophomore Christopher Damare.

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MOC11“I gave up soft drinks and candy. I hope to quit soft drinks for good, and I’m hoping Lent will help me to do so. So far, I’ve stayed true to my Lenten promises,” junior Stephen Hammond said.

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MOC12“I decided that instead of giving something up, I would say a decade of the rosary every day. You’d think it would be easy, but it’s not. I’ve been struggling, but I’ve been bettered by it,” senior Eric Boudet said.

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MOCFaculty“I gave up sweets this Lent. I have been good about my sacrifice, thank you very much! I’m even not eating sweets on Sunday,” Renee Miller, SPS counselor, said.

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