Oversheduled? Take up the Lenten Fast.

We fast to build a healthy spiritual life. In our tradition, fasting is not regarded as “giving up” certain foods or obsessively following dietary rules and regulations. It is “making room” in our oversaturated lives of endless consumption for the presence of God.

When we fast, our attention shifts from self to God. Our focus falls less on our trials and appetites and more on the needs and presence of our neighbor. Fasting helps us to be more God-centered and neighbor-centered Christians. It strengthens us in our spiritual life rather than weakening us. St. Paul calls this ‘putting on the Lord Jesus Christ’. He writes in his epistle to the Romans:

Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

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