Christians throughout the world are observing a time they call Lent which is translated as the “spring.” In the northern hemisphere, it comes at the same time as the springtime in nature. Lent is meant to be a time for awakening to new life in our soul. Letting go of the useless and excessive in our lives, in order to free ourselves for a fresh, new life is the invitation to all Christians and includes the practice of fasting. Fasting during the season of Lent is meant to affect those aspects of our lives that are burdening and weighing us down. Fasting can be from excessive food or drink, excessive entertainment with TV and other devices. We can be fasting from words and thoughts that are harmful or useless. Lent is meant to be a spring time of renewal for our soul. Happy Lenten season.
By Joyce Iten, OSB