Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What will be my Lenten sacrifice this year?

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For Catholics, Lent is a season of soul-searching, repentance, reflection and taking stock. It originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus Christ’s withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. In addition to penitential prayer and almsgiving, Catholics observe the abstinence and fasting obligation.

Last year, I chose intermittent fasting as one of my Lenten sacrifices. From Ash Wednesday on February 25th until Easter Sunday on April 12th, I practiced what I called "2/24 intermittent fasting" with a goal of only eating within a very narrow two-hour window each day from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Because no man is an island, I had to be flexible on some days but overall I maintained an average daily window of two hours. Some days my window started as early as 5:00 p.m. but one day it didn’t start until 9:00 p.m. My longest eating window was five hours.

Lent 2010 begins in eight days and today I’m asking myself “What will be my Lenten sacrifice this year?”

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

4 comments:

Charles Long said...

You could give up bathing.

On a more serious note, I have no suggestions.

Charles Long said...

I got it. You could give up your morning Starbucks.

Amanda said...

No. Can't give up a morning coffee. That's just wrong!

pierini said...

Charles, let's just say that question, I won't be asking you any tough questions any longer (as I sit here with my morning cup).