Lent is a special time for Christians to prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Brother John reminded students to self-reflect on Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. It is a time for devotion and prayer that focuses one’s thoughts on God rather than on self.
To fast is to take preventive measures against wrongdoings to reform thoroughly, guard against temptations and renounce hobbies and desires. Although it is difficult to restrain from temptation, we need to learn to discipline our minds. Students could try consuming less junk food, spending less time on computer or electronic games, controlling their temper or restrain from laziness, and in turn, do something productive and offer services to others.