Lent has snuck up on me this year - maybe because we moved and Christmas was a big blur. The tree went up and came down before I knew what was happening. And now Lent is bearing down upon us, fast and furious. What to do, what to do...?
Taking the reasons for our fasting to heart
Time Magazine (of all places) posted this article for lent last year - the gist of which elaborates on Pope Francis' 2015 Lenten Message calling us to "reconsider the heart of our [fasts] this lenten season" because "fasting must never become superficial." He goes on to quote St. John Chrysostom saying, "No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor or eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great."
Sound familiar? We just heard something similar at Sunday mass recently: