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I may not fast on Ash Wednesday.

I want to. I really, really want to. To remember my need, to push myself, for the sake of solidarity with my friends who will be fasting, to prove I can.

But can doesn’t mean should.

I know I would be on the verge of falling asleep or crying all day. I know I would hardly be able to use my hands in the afternoon. I know I may pass out. Because my body doesn’t let me push it like that anymore and still function. I know I wouldn’t want to stop. This would be bad the week before going to Israel.

My RCIA sponsor challenged me to do something else: make myself eat more than I think I need. She thinks I should go above my nutritional needs for the day because of how hard of a time I have even meeting them. That would be a greater and healthier challenge for me than fasting. Fasting reminds me of my need for control and a way to cope, but eating reminds me of my need for God’s grace. She may be right, but I don’t enjoy it. But I love and appreciate her.

I may not fast on Ash Wednesday. I may do what my sponsor recommended.

(Below is a challenge food I ate today: a breakfast melt with toast, cheese, bacon, sausage, and an egg. It was good.)

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John Zmirak
There is zero evidence, zero, that the Apostles or any Church father before Constantine argued for the Church to use force against Christian dissenters. That means it’s not part of the sacred, oral Tradition they got from Jesus. (Unless it was a Gnostic-style secret.) There’s nothing whatsoever in the New Testament that supports it. That’s why medieval popes who wanted to persecute were reduced to claiming that they’d inherited the authority of Moses to police the creed of the Hebrews. So that popes could cite Old Testament passages to justify religious coercion.
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St. Alphonsus
Sinners lose their reason, and imitate brute animals, that follow the instinct of nature, and seek carnal pleasures without ever reflecting on their lawfulness or unlawfulness. But to act in this manner is, according to St. John Chrysostom, to act not like a man, but like a beast. To be men we must be rational: that is, we must act, not according to sensual appetite, but according to the dictates of reason.
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St. Alphonsus
The sinner is guilty of folly in leading a life opposed to the end for which he was created. God has not created us, nor does he preserve our lives, that we may labour to acquire riches or earthly honours, or that we may indulge in amusements, but that we may love and serve Him in this world, in order to love and enjoy Him for eternity in the next. ‘And the end life everlasting.’ (Rom. vi. 22) Thus we must reach Paradise, our true country. 'In the present life we are, as it were, on the road by which we journey to our country.’ (St. Greg. hom. xi. in Evan.)
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“find God in all things.”

God is not remote from us and we would do good to discern God’s presence in our everyday lives. So when we tend to our affairs at home, we should also search for God as we live our holy vocation with the gratitude, passion, and humility He commands of us.

In finding Him in our daily tasks, we become more reverent, more devoted, and fall deeper in love with God because all our actions, little or large, are for the greater glory of God.

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