Very often when asked about fasting or even abstaining from meat for Lent, one of the first things that come to mind is ‘…well, yuh know I find it very good for my body. I feel so different, much better…” I, like, so many others, have probably paid more attention to the physical benefits and given much less thought to the spiritual benefits of this age-old practice.
Having described myself as a “foodie” and a “meat mouth” fasting and abstinence, I always found and still find difficult. At one time, I lived in community, (training for religious life) and always felt like I was going to die whenever the community fasted outside of the “required” Ash Wednesday or Good Friday. As a rule, I kept an emergency snack draw or at least a pack of khurma that I treated like a life saver. Over the years, however, I have come to appreciate and realise that there is much to be gained from fasting. Rachel Fletcher, Administrative Assistant, Archdiocesan Catechetical Office shares on her Lenten experience.
Fasting strengthens our relationship with God