We’re less than a week into Lent and I’m already so done with fasting. Specifically, with people who can’t stop rubbing their fasts in everyone else’s faces, who lament that the Church has become “too lenient” with the fasts She prescribes, who think that the more extreme something is, the better, and who try to justify it appealing to health.
Far be it from me to condemn fasting or penance in general. But I want to talk in this post to all those people who’ve discerned that this practice isn’t what God’s asking from them, so they don’t feel like they’re worse Catholics or “lenient”.
Distracting from God
One of the main purposes of fasting is to remove things that distract you from God. Does food distract you from God? Or, on the contrary, it’s something that takes you closer to Him, an instrument to grow towards Him?
I think that’s why it’s good that there aren’t so many prescribed fasts anymore, not to do less sacrifices, but as an opportunity to broaden the meaning of this word, taking it beyond food, to which I believe sometimes an excessive emphasis is given. What’s the thing that, even if it’s licit in itself, is distracting you from God? That’s what you should fast from.