To participate in the practice of fasting, consider abstaining from some kind of food: meat, dairy, or eggs are traditional; or, abstain from all food for certain days, or for certain periods during the day (like from sunrise to sunset on Wednesdays and Fridays, or from lunch each day). But remember, since Sundays are always feast days, even in Lent, you are encouraged to break your fasts on Sundays.
Instead of focusing solely on disciplines of abstinence and fasting, you might choose to embrace a particular discipline: like joining in Morning Prayer in the Chapel at 9a or our Wednesday Eucharist at 7.30a.
Growing as a disciple requires several things:
- Education — study of scripture, of theology, and of the lives of those who are further down the road than us
- Experience — all sorts of events, good and bad, serve as the material from which our growth springs
- Reflection — how you make sense of and incorporate your education and experience into your life so that it becomes a part of you
All of us have a wealth of experience, we all have some amount of education in the faith; but very few of us have time to reflect on our lives in a way that really allows us to grow from our education and experience. In fact, our busy, noisy culture actually hinders the kind of reflection that is necessary for growth!
Reflection isn’t hard, even if we aren’t that accustomed to it. Just ask yourself these three simple questions:
- What? — Delve into the details; figure out precisely what it is that you have learned or experienced.
- So what? — take the details you discover in the first question and try to see your life in relationship to them.
- Now what? — look to your future asking, “What sort of person do I want to be in light of what I have learned?