Because a controlled intake diet is being undertaken in the household, we are not strictly fasting this Lent. I’ll follow this diet for a while and try to drop some of the past year’s uptick in poundage, but I won’t continue it for long since I don’t have but a few kilos to shed.
The discipline will be to eat other things moderately, and not tempt those who are not allowed them.
I’ve blogged a lot on Lent, fasting, and the typikons for seasonal fasting. So you can go look if you are wondering.
I’m an old hand at the fast, so I’m going to just leave you with a few words of encouragement.
Don’t be proud of your fast. Answer if someone asks, but don’t judge. Also, don’t accept the judgement of others if they are critical. Stick to your discipline.
If you fall off the fast wagon, just get back on. Don’t make excuses or whine or give up.
If you need to give up – because you are sick, you have a change in circumstances, you have to move or change jobs or take care of someone else – well, that’s fine. You did what you could.
God doesn’t keep score. It doesn’t go on your permanent record.
Have a blessed Lent, and look forward to Pascha! Maranatha!