By Jacob Harden ‘24

Lent means a lot of things to everybody. Whether it’s fasting, respecting God, or maybe even helping with business, Lent means something to people who aren’t even Catholic.

Mr. Deegan, who is a theology teacher at Brother Rice High School, said, “It’s a time for you to regroup and see what’s important in life and to work on your misgivings and to increase the strengths you already have.”

Mr. Deegan also said, “When you realize what Jesus went through, you realize you have it pretty good, and you thank God for all the blessings he’s given you.”

Even the students are excited for Lent, as it is a huge responsibility for them.

Sophomore Lucian Montesdeoca said, “Lent makes me disappointed in myself because I can’t follow what is expected of me as a Catholic.”

Lent for many Christians means that it’s time to better oneself, however it doesn’t mean the same for everybody.

For some business owners, Lent could mean new opportunities.

When Dan Keefer, son of the owner of the Original Island Shrimp House, a small seafood restaurant in Orland Park, was asked what Lent means to him, he said, “Stress and new customers.”

That statement is a vast understatement compared to how busy and chaotic the scene is, as the business was ridiculously busy on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays.

Lent impacts anyone and everyone, from busy restaurant owners to students and families.