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Showing posts from February 17, 2012

A Negativity Fast

Because next Wednesday (February 22) is Ash Wednesday , Lenten resolutions are on my mind. As you know, it’s a longstanding custom among many Christians to make resolutions during Lent: to resolve to “give something up” in the 40+ days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, as well as to resolve to “take something on” during that time. The most traditional areas to “give up in order to take on” are “Prayer, fasting, and alms-giving,” long considered three essential elements of Christian spirituality. Now, of course, it’s great that, for example, many people will be resolving to give up a half hour of Facebook or television, and give that time to prayer. And of course it’s great that many people will be giving up alcohol, or sweets, or snacks, or workaholism , and by so doing, get in touch with the many ways we try to fill our God-shaped hole with something other than God (or attempt to numb the pain of our emptiness). And of course it’s great