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Dear MSMC Students,

The time has finally come: Lent. That’s right by now we have all chosen to give up something in or add something into our lives for the next 40 days, until Easter on April 1.

Most of us feel that the hardest part is figuring out what we are doing for Lent, but many of us truly struggle with staying true to our choices during Lent. So, to help us through these 40 days, I have a few tips and tricks to getting through Lent.

First, and most importantly, remember that on Sunday there is no obligation to fast. Translation: CHEAT DAY. Surprisingly a lot of people do not know that on Sundays they can have whatever they gave up. Use your cheat days, as it can help curb that craving you have for social media or ice cream, or whatever you gave up!

Second, take a trip to church one day. Going to church can help remind you and refocus you on the meaning of Lent, which is a time of sacrifice and reflection.

Third, remember Lent is not supposed to be easy. Making a sacrifice is never easy, but it is important to learn.

Fourth, think about the growth you may have in this time of reflection. If you take away social media, think about how you will connect to your inner self and how that can help you grow as a person.

Fifth, it can help you break habits. Are you tired of how you spend hours on Instagram? Or how little time you spend to take a moment to yourself? Well Lent is the time to fix this. Some people use Lent as a time to grow, which means sacrificing your snap streak, to spend more time on self-love.

Lastly, remember that it is only 40 days. Some people go their whole life with having simple necessities like clean water or shoes, I think we can all go 40 days without something. There is an end to what we give up, but that does not mean that at the end of 40 days you are required to bring it back into your life. After Lent is over, it is solely up to you if you want to bring back what you took away or discontinue what you added into your life.

I think this is the beauty of Lent, that after 40 hard days, we can look back and see how much we have accomplished and how good change can feel. So I encourage you all to take time this Lent to think about yourself, how you have grown and what growth you still look forward to. Remember, we are all in this together.