Quinn Porter Student Columnist


Lenten promise: spend time during in service to others


February 13 of this year was a special day for Catholics throughout the world. It marked Ash Wednesday, and we are now in the season of Lent. Lent is the 40 days of preparation before Easter when fasting, penitence, and prayer become a daily routine in the lives of Christians. It may be surprising to know that Lent is one of my favorite seasons of the year, but it is not surprising that it is one of the most challenging times as well.
Each year I make a pledge with myself that I would try to uphold my Lenten promise even more than I did in the previous year. I try and try, and have been quite successful throughout the years, but have not fully managed to keep that special promise.
This year will be the last Lent I experience as a student at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, and I plan on keeping my Lenten promise this year. While many people choose to "give up" candy, soda, or television, I will be carefully thinking about what I will choose to give up for God during this Lenten season.
Last year, for my Lenten promise, instead of giving something up for Lent, I took something on. I chose to listen to the Christian radio station every morning before I went to school. This Lenten promise may seem small or insignificant to some people, but it meant a lot to me. By listening to Christian music in the morning I was able to get into the right mindset each morning with a clear head. By doing this, I was able to keep my Lenten promise to God, but also benefit from having this experience. I may have forgotten once or twice to turn on the Christian music, but I truly tried my best to keep this promise.
This year I plan on again taking something on. I plan to do at least one hour of service each week at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Michigan City. By taking on this hour of service, I will be able to reflect on what it means to be a Christian. This hour will truly help me to shape my faith, taking me into Easter, out of high school, and eventually into college. I thought deeply about this promise, and I know that it will not only benefit me, but others around me as well.
During Lent, I pray and reflect on all of the wonderful opportunities that God has given me in my life. I become aware of the sacrifice that God made for me, and during this time is when I become fully present in my faith. Lent is not just a season to "give up" your favorite candy or soda, but a time to reflect on all of the great things that you are able to have in your life and be appreciative of them. I appreciate the Lenten season, and I wish that everyone throughout the diocese also has a peaceful and fulfilling Lenten season and Easter.

Quinn Porter is a senior at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City. Email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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