Christians throughout the world are observing a time called Lent which is translated as the “spring.” In the Northern hemisphere, it comes at the same time as the spring time in nature. Lent is meant to be a time for awakening 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 which includes the practice of fasting. Fasting during Lent is meant to affect those aspects of our lives that are burdening and weighing us down. Fasting can be avoiding excessive food or drink, excessive entertainment with TV, cell phones, and other electronic gadgets, or fasting from gossip. 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