[quote="sirach2v4, post:12, topic:316553"]
I think the regulations of the Church for Lent are minimal, but I have never been able to follow the fasting guideline.
I don't know what possesses people to give up, or to suggest to children that THEY give up stuff like chocolate -- for lent.
The "mortification" that is really required or advised by the Church is a spiritual one, isn't it? to concentrate on some sin that we really need to overcome, not just temporarily,but for good?
As a Catholic I hate to hear seemingly superficial Catholics brag at work that they are giving up chocolate for lent. Who cares? What scandal does that superficiality create in those non-catholics who mock Catholics for it?
Isn't there a verse in Isaiah about "true fasting"? And what is it? something about giving alms to the poor and feeding the hungry, etc.?
I'm not mocking anybody's spirituality, about fasting. This thread convinces me of the struggle we all go through to overcome ourselves, in any way, and try to grow closer to the Lord.
Even the Jews, in the OT, gave up leavened bread, replaced by unleavened bread, for a week or 8 days, at best. During the holy month, in Islam, people "fast" during daylight hours, but replenish themselves after sunset.
Isn't there something in the NT about avoiding the "leaven" of the Pharisees, which was a type of prideful sin, in itself?
No doubt, that if we can control our urgings for food itself, we are well disciplining ourselves for purifying ourselves of some strong attachments to sin. God bless.
I have had Lents where I have given up sweets, and it made Easter all the more special: Jesus is risen!!! AND I can have sweets again.
This can be seen both ways:
- it may take the focus away from the real thing (that is, looking forward to the Easterr CHOCOALTE instead of the Easter MIRACLE
- or it may make the whole waiting-for-Easter deeper because body and mind/soul are so close together, and it just STRESSES the happiness of Easter.
I felt more that the second one was true, for me.
This Lent I am doing something else, after some discerning. I am in a very fragile state right now and had to take this into considerationw hen choosing what to do for Lent.
I also didn't make the mistake anymore to ask people on the interent whether I "had to" give up this or that. For a person struggling with scrupulosity that is NOT a good idea.