These days of Lent are a call to conversion through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Usually fasting brings thought of giving up food. It can be more comprehensive than this! What are the things in your life that demand too much of your time? Is it the computer, your cell phone, your iPad, your TV? These are areas in which fasting from these can give us more time to pray and reflect on the message of Jesus in the Gospel. As you heard in the Gospel recently, God said, “This is my Son; listen to him.” How do you listen? Each day, take five minutes to sit quietly and listen for God’s message; take 10 minutes each day to read a chapter from the Gospel; use a Lenten reflection booklet for prayer; take time to pray with your family. This can be using the “fasting from electronics” time for prayer time—another goal of Lent.
By Betty Larson, OSB