Philosophy professor John Corvino discusses the value of Lent in USA Today 'Educate' column

Thousands of Catholic college students are taking part in observing Lent, which began Ash Wednesday. John Corvino, chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University, says that nonbelievers also could find a purpose in observing Lent.

Last year, Corvino wrote “There’s Value for Nonbelievers as Well” for The New York Times’ Room for Debate section. “It’s a time to step back and reflect and make improvements in one’s life. Such reflection isn’t always easy amidst the constant stimulation today from email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.” Corvino says.

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