March 4, 2020
'This Is Lent'
Jesus, I join my sacrifices to your sacrifice of love.
Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water.
Catholic activist and reformer Dorothy Day fasted often, sometimes as a form of protest, but always, fundamentally, as a spiritual practice. There was no dithering or questioning in her mind about the value of fasting. It was essential, as she wrote, "not only as a sign of sorrow for sins, an offering to God of their life, but also to have the means to show their love for their brother who was afflicted.
"... We all have these habits, the youngest and the oldest. And we have to die to ourselves in order to live, we have to put off the old man and put on Christ. That it is so hard, that it arouses so much opposition, serves to show what an accumulation there is in all of us of unnecessary desires." She's right--it's hard, isn't it? But as she points out, and as we discover every year, "This is Lent, and Lent is a wonderful time to begin again."
- Amy Welborn