Start a Lenten journey

By ERIN O’NEILL,
Central York High School

Lent is a 40-day period during which Christians recognize Jesus and when he did not eat or drink for 40 days. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb. 22 and marks the beginning of the journey to Easter. Many people who celebrate Lent won’t eat a certain food or will try to make a change in their lives to be better Christians. Here are a couple of ideas for what you can do during the Easter season.

1. Give up your favorite food. We all know it can be really hard to resist the temptation of ice cream or soda, but the idea of Lent is to have a taste of what Jesus did. Try not eating chocolate or meat for 40 days (sorry, but green vegetables don’t count).

2. Pray often. Talk to others a little less; talk to God a little more. If things in your life aren’t going the way you want them to, then stop blaming others and talk to God. Our busy schedules can be conflicting, but try to find time, whether it is before you go to bed or when you find a quiet moment.

3. Read the Bible. This doesn’t mean that you have to read from Genesis to Revelations, but maybe just the Gospels.

4. Attend Mass. Weekends are times when teenagers stay up late and sleep in late. But try to make a habit of going to Sunday Mass or even going to Mass on Saturday night. Make plans to go to church during Holy Week.

5. Practice good deeds. Do your chores without being nagged at or reminded. Or do something nice for your brother or sister. Overall, just try to be a better family member.

About Jess Krout

Multiplatform features copy editor at York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow me on Twitter @JessKrout. Email jkrout@ydr.com or call 717-771-2002.
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