12 Things To Give Up Or Try This Lenten Season

12 Things To Give Up Or Try This Lenten Season

This is best time to be held accountable.

There are so many things about religion in general that I do not like. I won't get into the fundamental horrors of Christianity and the Church because this is supposed to be a positive and empowering article. Pretty much the only thing I actually follow as a Catholic is lent. The religious aspect is cool and all, but sticking to something for 40 days is hard work, and having God be the one to push you is kind of intimidating. This Lenten season you should try:

1. Exercising EVERY day

Okay, people, exercise is one of the greatest things for your body, so daily activity for 40 days will be challenging but worth it for sure.

2. Actually sleeping at night

I don't think I could do this one, but sleep is single-handedly the most important determinant of health, so skimping on some good ZZZ's is a no-no.

3. Snapchat

It'll be even easier now that I or anyone for that matter has no fricken clue on how to work it with the new update.

4. Going out to eat

As Mom always says, "there's food at home!"

5. Stop being an asshole

This one is for the Regina George's in your life. Consciously making yourself aware of negative thoughts and attitudes and putting other's opinions into your decisions will drastically decrease your asshole score.

6. Skipping Class

I already failed this one today, whoops.

7. Reading everyday

Being cool isn't hard if you have a library card.

8. Alcohol/Drugs

Good luck to all the people willing to tough out a dry season which includes, Midterms, Spring Break, and St. Patricks day. Kudos to being the Designated Driver for 40 days. Real MVP.

9. Drinking water

Hydration is key. Don't be a thirsty one this year during Lent.

10. Tinder/Bumble

Speaking of being thirsty... Left swipe at these time consuming and self-depreciating apps.

11. Meditating daily

Start small and work your way up. You can pray if you're into that sort of thing--which I'm guessing you are if you are reading this. I think it's best to try and not think about anything.

12. Cleaning something every day

Okay so this one is for me personally because I have trouble remembering to clean when I'm busy and tired.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Men, The Catholic Church Has What You're Looking For

It's something the world fails to offer.


In a world that berates your masculinity, assumes the worst of you, feeds you unhealthy and promiscuous images, and ultimately strips you apart - the Catholic church stands as a safe ground for our men. I know as I type this out there is a lot of brokenness in the Catholic church as a result of terrible things done by the male leaders in our church. But I want to make it clear before I go any further with this article, that this article is not about the evil and disgusting men of the Catholic faith. There are evil and destructive men anywhere you look. It's sad but it's true. This article is about the good, wholesome, strong, emotional, leaders who DO still exist and the community of good men that the Catholic church provides.

There are plenty of help groups, addiction aids, Bible studies, etc. But what men really yearn for is another good man to follow and walk beside. The Catholic church has made itself very clear throughout hundreds of years the importance of not only feminine women but masculine men as well.

The beauty of the Catholic church is that they embrace and welcome men in their strength as well as their weaknesses and encourage them into a deep deep relationship with not only Christ, but one another, that is founded on accountability, friendship, motivation, and assuredness.

After four years in college, I've experienced nothing like the friendships between the Catholic men on campus. Quite honestly, there's a beauty about it. Women share, relate, and create community almost habitually. Even without faith as a standing point, we do those things. But for men, there's no safe place in this world or on this campus like the men's group. And until there is a safe, consistent place for them to open up and feel comfortable at, men don't just share and relate and strike a conversation about super intentional things.

I was eating lunch with a Catholic, female friend of mine and she said she asked a couple of the men who were not Catholic, but who came to Catholic Bible studies, conferences, and events, why they came. And their response almost always was because of the community they experienced with other men their age. They had never experienced community with their brothers in Christ more than at these Catholic events that they kept coming back to.

So Catholic men, I encourage you to continue leading wholly and justly and constantly remain on the lookout for your brothers in Christ who yearn for more than your average worldly friendship, but a friendship founded in truth and righteousness. And men searching, I encourage you to reach out to that one Catholic man you know and see what happens, see if you experience anything different. Challenge yourself to know and be known by the depths of your heart because I fully believe the Catholic church offers men that, and when encountered, it's the most beautiful and refreshing thing.

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