Did you know? (Sunday, March 13, 2022)

Fasting is a common discipline in Lent. This has been the case since the earliest observation of the season. Lenten fast practices have changed over the years. At one point, Christians ate once per day, at 3 pm! Today, some people choose between skipping meals, reducing meal portions, or abstaining from specific food items. In recent times, fasting has been broadened to include abstinence from non-food items. In this regard, it is now common to hear of persons giving up things such as social media, taking selfies, using mobile phones, using less paper, and so on. However one decides to “fast,” the basic principle remains the same – detachment from the things to which we have become overly dependent, with a view to drawing closer to God and neighbour.