Posts Tagged ‘fasting’

Go ahead, give up chocolate for Lent

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

The moral of this story? If someone asks you what you’re giving up for Lent, run away! Or, an even better moral: When you’re deciding what to do for Lent, be childlike, not childish. Read more Related Posts:Theology of chocolateCatholic morality: theology lessons from chocolateIf today you hear his voice: Lenten gospel enquiry programmePastor claims Read more

The first McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish response to Lent

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Nearly one-quarter of McDonald’s Filet-of-Fish sandwich sales take place during Lent when many fast-food customers are abstaining from meat. That’s exactly what the McDonald’s operator who first put the cheese-topped sandwich on his menu had in mind back in 1962. According to an account in Reader’s Digest, when Cincinnati McDonald’s franchise owner Lou Groen noticed that Read more

Christianity helped create modern chickens

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Religious dogma in the Middle Ages helped create the modern domestic chickens, new research suggests. Christians subject to fasting edicts at that time were banned from eating meat from four-legged animals, but they could eat chickens and eggs. Continue reading Related Posts:Study suggests state support weakens ChristianityNew app from Catholic Church targets modern slavery in…Scientists use Read more

Using digital devices for reflection during Lent

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The season of Lent is upon us. This is a holy season for Christians who seek to identify with Jesus Christ’s 40 days of fasting as he prepared to be tested and later crucified. In order to identify with Christ’s self-sacrifice, Christians often join in a symbolic fast, giving up certain foods such as meat Read more

Things to fast from this Lent apart from chocolate

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Chocolate, candy, and sweets are common Lenten sacrifices, but giving up the same thing every year can begin to feel like a routine rather than a sacrifice. Fasting should be a meaningful gesture of self-denial out of love for God. All the better if it helps us grow in self-control and deeper appreciation for various Read more

Cardinal warns against reading encyclical in puritanical way

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

English Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that people should not regard the Pope’s encyclical “Laudato Si’” as puritanical in its message. At a press conference following the release of Laudato Si’, the cardinal was asked about the encyclical’s appeal for “sobriety and self-denial”. Cardinal Nichols said that people needed to go beyond reading the encyclical Read more

Movies that promote reflection for Lent

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, Pope Francis outlined a program for Lent in his homily, using for his inspiration the readings of the day from Book of Joel, Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, and the Gospel of Matthew. Some of the themes correlate well with films that tell stories that foster reflection, conversation and Read more

Muslims, Jews and Christians fast together for Holy Land peace

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Muslims, Jews and Christians throughout the world have fasted from sunrise to sundown on one day, in the interests of peace in Israel and Palestine. July 15 was designated as an appropriate occasion as it fell on significant fasting days in Jewish and Muslim religious calendars. It was the 17th of the month of Tammuz Read more

Virtue of eating less meat

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Abstaining from animal products during a period of fasting is a practice that dates back to early Christian monastic tradition. This tradition persists in the Orthodox Churches where even today fasting is characterised by abstinence from all animal products. But while abstaining from meat in the Roman tradition is mainly associated with the sacrifice of Read more

Rejoice, Jerusalem!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The fourth Sunday in Lent, Laetare Sunday, is my favourite Sunday in Lent, and not just because of the pink vestments that insecure clergy sometimes attempt to convince you are “rose.” So many of the rich images, words, and themes that will recur at the Easter Vigil are hinted in the day’s readings and prayers — the Read more