We are squarely in the midst of the Lenten season. This beautiful but difficult season of prayer and fasting. This time the Church gives us to step back, deny ourselves daily, and try to take up the yolk of Jesus and call of the Gospel a little better.
I secretly love Lent. This is probably in large part because I am a notorious rule-follower. While it is difficult for me to deny myself things during the vast majority of the year, once we enter a season where we are specifically called to do so by the Church, it becomes much easier.
Typically, my Lenten fasts focus around food. This is both easy and hard. Easy, because it is easy to decide what to give up. Hard, because it is always things I love. (I love almost all food. See? Easy/hard.) Yet, each Lent it is good for me because (and if you’ve ever spent anytime at all around me, you can probably confirm this is true) I AM INORDINATELY ATTACHED TO FOOD. All too often, I am planning my next meal or the next restaurant I want to visit while eating my current meal. I feel a lot of pressure, at times, to properly curate my culinary experiences. How to take advantage of all my beautiful city has to culinarily offer while also on a budget and while I also love to cook? So most often, during Lent, my diet is without sugar or alcohol or wheat or fast food or snacks between meals or full size meals, or some combination of the above, etc.
This Lent has been different, and it’s helped me refocus on the purpose of fasting. I think true fasting is meant to help you put something in it’s proper place in your life. While it would be a stretch to say food is a true “idol” in my life, I certainly focus on it more than necessary for the substance that is primarily meant to fuel my body.
With the exception of sugar, I am not fasting from any foods this Lent. I am not trying to deny my body. Instead, I am trying to come back into a healthy relationship with food. Continue reading “On Fasting”