A Modern View on Lent

Lent has been a continuous debate among Catholics, Christians, and even families for years. My own family has multiple views on the traditions of not eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent. My Catholic grandmother always followed the rule. It was a rule I was taught in Sunday School and was heavily enforced in the church and by my grandmother. For my mother, a Protestant, the only day not to eat meat on was Good Friday. But, because of my father’s Catholic background, she still tried to help my brothers and I abide by the Catholic rule. In recent years, fewer Catholics are following this rule, my family included. I’ve heard people say things like, “They only invented the rule because the fish market was down,” or “Poultry isn’t meat.” Whatever you’ve heard, make your own decision. There are other ways to acknowledge your faith during this time of the year.

Not eating meat on Fridays is just one tradition for Lent for Catholics. Many will “give up” something for Lent, like sweets or chocolate. Others will choose to “be a better Catholic/Christian” for Lent, whether this means helping others or attending mass more often.¬†For those of you who have no idea what you want to do (or not do) for Lent this year, I will share ideas with you that I, myself, am going to do for Lent or ones that I have heard others are doing for Lent. Continue reading


Where will life lead? The perspective of a 20-year-old

Life is up in the air right now. Other than school, nothing is concrete; I don’t know where my future will take me.

What I know right now is that I am a junior in college, studying Spanish, Journalism, and English. I know what I love to travel. I have been to 3 other countries, and will be returning to Spain this summer to study abroad in an exciting new city, Barcelona. I know that I love to write, edit, and design, and that I am dedicated to my role as the Co-Editor of my school newspaper, and that it is one of my top priorities.

I know that as a 20-year-old, I have a lot of decisions to make. Do I continue to grad school? What would I study? Should I make an attempt to make it in the real world as a journalist? What career path do I want to follow? Continue reading