Lent is a time for renewal. For 40 days Christians are called to turn away from distractions and bring God back into the center of their lives, rejuvenating their faith and their commitment to Christ. As Catholics throughout the world begin this journey, Pope Benedict offered words of encouragement as a reminder of the true meaning of Lent: “The time leading up to Easter is a time of ‘metanoia,’ a time of change and penance, a time which identifies our human lives and our entire history as a process of conversion, which begins to move now in order to meet the Lord at the end of time”. As college students make contemporary Lenten sacrifices of caffeine, chocolate, and Facebook, we must remember that it is not so important what we give up, so long as it leads us to give in to God's grace and draw closer to the passion of Christ.
Read more of Pope Benedict's words for the beginning of Lent here.