Anti-Lent

Apparently the whole Lenten Fast thing is an unfortunate sort of pretend fake fasting.

The church emphasizes the start of the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday by requiring us to fast and abstain from meat. Catholics older than 14 are to abstain from meat or any foods made with meat for the day, and Catholics between the ages of 18 and 60 are required to fast for the day. Fasting is defined as eating only one complete meal and two smaller ones with no snacking in between.

So you can eat three times a day and still say you’re fasting?  Seriously?  Oh well.  Just another reason to be glad to be reformed.  I can eat three times today and have a couple of protein shakes and I can do it without having to tell people I’m ‘fasting’.

[I love my Lent observing friends, but really, what’s the point?  It’s all just so superficial].

3 thoughts on “Anti-Lent

  1. A fast is a fast, unless you take it slow.
    I’m sure the Yom Kippur crowd thinks Ash Wednesday is for light weights. Or heavy weights (or people who wish they were). You know what I mean.

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    • fasting should be total abstention shouldnt it. or its not really a fast, its a calorie restricted diet.

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  2. I kind of know what you mean – the actual requirement is one “regular” meal and two snack which together don’t add up to one regular meal. But, it’s not much of a fast is it.

    However, there are just two days during Lent when one is require to fast, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The rest of the time the tradition is some additional kind of give up, or preferentially, some add on. Fasting, praying, and giving alms is the whole formula.

    The purpose of Lent is actually a call to continuing conversion, that meaning moving ever closer to Jesus and following him more faithfully. If taken seriously, it can be a very worthwhile exercise and many people look forward each year to this as a kind of renewal.

    Happy Lent!!

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