Fasting Friday 2

Catholic and Enjoying It! | 3/22/2019 | Staff
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Continuing from last Friday, we keep looking at ways suggested by Deacon Nick Senger to observe fasting during Lent, along with my commentary in boldface. My commentary, understand, is not meant to tell you what to think about these suggestions, still less what to do in response to them. If any of them speak to you then by all means try it whatever response I happen to have to them. Rather, the idea is to, if you will, provide a sort of chatty model of free-flowing dialogue that you can join in with at the comboxes with your own ideas or responses. In short, I’m trying to get the conversational juices flowing here. I want to elicit, not silence, conversation.

Switch from regular radio to Christian music radio or Catholic talk radio. I live in a largely radio-free world. I don’t even play the music on my computer when I’m working since it impairs my ability to think clearly. So this is not addressed to my condition.

Avoid - Sex - Violence - Cup - Tea

Avoid shows with gratuitous sex or violence. Not my cup of tea anyway.

Give up or limit watching sports on television. I lack the sports gene anyway.

Music - Days - Music - Pleasure - Spinach

Listen to only classical music for the next 40 days. Music is for pleasure, not for spinach. I don’t see the point of making music a form of penance. If you are going to do penance, do penance. Don’t turn intrinsically non-penitential things into penance. It’s like diet pizza or 2% chocolate milk. Either indulge or fast, but don’t don’t half-**** pleasures by making them unpleasant.

Drive to work in silence each day. I drive from my bed to my desk, a total distance of one foot. To my credit, I do it in silence as a rule.

Work - Literature - Okay

Read a work of classic literature. Okay. But that doesn’t seem very penitential either....
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