Posted at 1 p.m. April 3, 2017
Taking a look at how to come closer to God this Lenten season
The Catholic Church looks at how to not fall into temptation. While temptation doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, it is something that prevents a person from growing in faith.
Lent is a time where Christians are able to grow in their faith and become closer to God. For this Lenten season, I gave up junk food because of what it represents through my religion.
The Catholic Church looks at how to not fall into temptation. While temptation doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, it is something that prevents a person from growing in faith. For me, junk food is my temptation, so I gave up eating any junk food for 40 days.
The 40 days in the church represent the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert with the devil, and the 40 years the Israelites spent in the desert to escape from slavery. During those 40 days and years, they not only grew in their faith of God but also learned how to conquer temptation. Now, this seems like quite the stretch from what the Catholic Church practices today, but it’s there to represent our faith. While Jesus avoided temptation from the devil, we avoid temptation from things that hold us back from our faith.
The Lent season officially starts on Ash Wednesday, which is the day people walk around with smudges of black on their forehead. According to Catholic.org, “the ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us,” and this is also a reminder that we will one day return to the dust. Our spirits, however, will travel to heaven. In my opinion, this also serves as a reminder for Catholics to continue living each day free from sin.
Because of the constant temptations in the world, especially pertaining to fast food and sweets, it’s difficult to avoid it. This is my devil from the desert because it’s difficult to go 40 days ignoring those advertisements and constant reminders. However, this will inevitably help me grow in my faith and become closer to God.
Lent ends on Holy Thursday, which start the “Triduum,” leading up to Easter. This includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. “On Easter, Catholics receive blessed palms because the palms point us toward Christ’s resurrection,” according to Catholic.org. When Lent ends, it hopefully brings those in the church closer to God and helps us avoid temptations.