[quote="dgj23112, post:12, topic:313255"]
Like the idea! Some variations, though, for your perusal....
a.) A fast from before dawn to after sunset, save for liquids. Kinda tough around midday, and again around 4pm. Admittedly, some would say I cheat, due to my consumption of coffee...
b.) Following a somewhat Eastern Orthodox practice, meaning, roughly, abstinence during all of Great Lent from Meat (including fish), Dairy, Alchohol, and Olive Oil. So...one could have oatmeal for breakfast...crackers for lunch....plain salad for dinner....
Takes a lot of thought and preparation, and, can be rather disconcerting to others in the house, especially if they are from a different tradition.
c.) Something somewhere in the middle of the first two, with a strict fast during the Triduum, until one has been communicated at Easter Vigil.
Bottom line...(big revelation here)...the purpose is to learn to control our passions, through self denial, prayer, etc, which, we pray, leads us farther down the path towards theosis.
For those readers who are Eastern Orthodox or Eastern Catholic, accept my apologies for any errant information. For all of us, may Our Lord have mercy on us, and may Our Lady hear our prayers and present them to Her Son.
May you all have many years!
I knew that the Eastern Churches... their fasting/abstinance requirements were much more strict than in the west. Didn't know exactly what was required though.... I've always kinda felt like our requirements here in the west were kinda lax. That's part of the reason I chose to do this. Sure, everybody "gives up something (chocolate/sweets) for lent". I don't think that is required... so much as a custom that has kinda taken off. That's good. But, I wanted to do something more this year. Next year? maybe even more! My thoughts are... I'm not trying to do something easy!:)
If you think you can do this (your suggestions), that's awesome! I will consider doing more than what I was originally intending as well.