Fasting & Penance
We are just about half-way through Lent, making this the perfect time to recommit ourselves to a real spirit of prayer, fasting, and charity. My column this week in Catholic New York, the Archdiocesan newspaper, is all about Lenten Penance. Here’s an excerpt:
Jesus doesn’t really tell us what we should exactly do for penance—although He does extol fasting, cutting down seriously on food—but He sure insists that we undergo some self-sacrifice.
Yes, it may be eating less, giving up certain foods, or doing laudable acts we find tough.
All you need to do is look at me to conclude that I’m hardly an expert in fasting. But, believe me, I highly appreciate its value, take it seriously in Lent, and realize that it is a big boost to my spiritual (and physical) health.
On my weekly program, A Conversation with the Archbishop, heard on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, I speak with Monsignor Charles Murphy, author of the The Spirituality of Fasting. (The program airs today at 1:00 p.m. eastern time, and is repeated several times over the weekend.) Monsignor Murphy is a priest of the Diocese of Portland, Maine, and one of my predecessors as Rector of the North American College. I highly recommend his fine book.