The Common Good

Lent in College: A Time for Wrestling

Date: February 21, 2012


The other day I took a break from work to grab coffee with a friend. As we paid for our cups I turned to my friend and said, casually, "What are you doing for Lent?"

We're both interns at Sojourners, a Christian organization, so this wasn't a totally odd question. Her face lit up. "I have so many ideas," she blurted out with enthusiasm. "I want to give up sugar, and credit-cards, and alcohol and I want to stop looking in the mirror. I want to get up early every morning and pray before work and exercise and--"

As my friend regaled me with her personal and spiritual goals, I couldn't help but share her excitement. Lent is an important time of reflection and renewal for me too, and I was eager to make the most of it, as my friend was doing.