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French fries, social media, among others: What Gen Z is willing to give up this Lent

‘He does not deserve a ‘heart react’ like many of our Facebook posts. He deserves our time. He deserves so much more’

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LLUSTRATION BY DON MIKEL FUMAR

Lent is a period of meditation, repentance and sacrifice. And the question young people face is, what are we willing to give up this Lent?

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It’s not that easy to let go of habits and daily routines even for just a day.

Here’s what Generation Z is willing to forgo in observance of the sacrifice Christ made on the cross for humanity:

“Self-discipline and order are my two main goals this Lent. Since senior high school is different from the previous years, I have to push myself to be disciplined more in my studies and more orderly in the way I work and everything I do. This can be my offering to God this Lent, and if I can be successful in my goals, it would also please God.” —John Malabanan, PAREF Southridge

“For Lent, I would like to give up my time spent on social media to be with my family and friends to interact more with them. Furthermore, I would like to interact more with Him, to reach out and realize the sacrifices He made for us. He does not deserve a ‘heart react’ like many of our Facebook posts. He deserves our time. He deserves so much more.” —Philina Beatrix,
St. Paul University Manila

“For Lent, I would give up drinking alcohol because that’s the usual thing I do. Also, it’s to respect the preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.” —Chel Lim, St. Paul University Manila

“Willing ako i-give up ang basketball ngayong Lent because it is a time of worship and sacrifice. I also want to become a good person and a better soldier of Christ. I want to defend the faith more and teach people to do good especially in the kind of world we live in today. I would also like to pass my subjects. This will serve as my sacrifice for God for everything He has given me.” —Vigo, San Beda Alabang

“I guess I’m willing to give up the negative vibes that have been stressing me out since last semester. I wouldn’t say ‘positive vibes’ na lang lagi, but I just want to emphasize the fact that, yes, I did face my problems… Those negative feelings will be there clinging to your back, but when you realize that those vibes will not be your downfall, then I guess you will live life.”
—Vincent Montecillo, St. Paul University Manila

“The first thing I’ll give up for Lent is swearing because this can really hurt other people’s feelings and it’s not a good thing for young ones to hear and learn these words. The second thing I’ll give up is eating meat, especially on Good Friday. Last but not least is my frequent use of social networking sites. It is a basic necessity for communication, but I can lessen the time I’m accessing it if I can’t really give it up.” —Junina Navarro, St. Paul University Manila

“I want to meditate well and reflect on Jesus’ passion, death and Resurrection. Lent is not over yet. I hope it’s not too late for me to change.” —Bea, De La Salle University

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“I am willing to give up my leisure and comfort this Lent because it is about sacrifices and I can focus more on other’s needs instead of my own.” —Jela Palisoc, St. Paul University Manila

“I am willing to give up eating French fries since I love it.” —Alex Villanueva, Malayan Colleges of Laguna

“I am willing to give up my social media life because this season is meant to be with the Lord to have a deeper relationship with Him.” —Renz Rogayan, St. Paul University Manila

“This Lent, I want to be more selfless and more generous to people. This is a great opportunity to improve myself and I don’t want to waste my talents as I know God is calling me to do a lot of great things.” — Samuel Escueta, PAREF Southridge

“Despite my sacrifices, I still want to improve my relationship with God by attending Mass regularly and strictly following my daily prayer schedule. Also, I would like to spend more time with my family because family is the solid foundation that loves and guides us in everything we do.” —Cayla Habacon, PAREF Woodrose School

“I want to be more accepting of things and be more open in my relationship with God. I think I also need to become more self-aware to achieve these things.” — Anonymous, De La Salle Zobel

“I want to be more prayerful. I’m not much of a prayerful person so I need to change for the better. I plan to pray the rosary every night before going to bed. I hope this will help me in my spiritual life as Holy Week approaches.” —Gerard Mijares, PAREF Southridge

“This Holy Week, I want to improve my faith in Him. I want to reach out to people and be more friendly. Lastly, I want to improve my patience and understanding toward my family and friends.” —John Carlo Supe, De La Salle Zobel

“I want to change for the better. I haven’t done a good deed in a while, so I need to change myself first.” —Enzo Torres, PAREF Southridge

“I gave up chips for 40 days and no soda, just water.”— Alfred Custodio, San Beda Alabang

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