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I really do value all of your opinions,
So as the Great Lent is approaching, I’ve
been thinking a lot about why there is even a fast. Shouldn’t our behavior in
the Great Lent be our everyday norms?
In the Great lent, we abstain from
meats/dairy. Not because they’re unclean, but because they give us pleasure.
Couples abstain from sex. Not because
sex is impure, but because it’s pleasurable.
If you have habits of internet
addiction or tv binge, you should abstain. Not because these things are bad in
and of themselves, but because they’re pleasurable and this time would be
better spent with God.
So you get the point…
But then the fast ends and we go back
to all of those things. We eat the meats and dairy and go back to the internet
and tv, perhaps with less force, as maybe the fast has taught us moderation.
But I’m wondering…why?
I like to read literature from the
desert fathers. And their lives make so much sense. They had ascetic disciplines
that they followed at all times. And most of all, they never took part in
This question has popped into my mind
recently because a lot of times I go out with my friends, say to go out to eat,
and I wonder..should I have stayed at home and spent my time with God instead? Similarly,
my church is the type to host a lot of fun activities in the name of fellowship.
And while I usually never think twice before going, sometimes I wonder if this
is conducive to my spiritual life. I guess
I find that especially in social hangouts, I “exit out of myself”, persay. And so
it’s hard to keep that interior closeness with God when you have to laugh, joke and talk
endlessly for 3, 4 hours. Because a lot
of times, I lose myself in all this whether it’s through what I think
or do or say in those times, esp with the opposite sex.
But at the end of the day, these are
pleasurable things that I like to do. and without them, i might as well go become a monastic. but were not all called for that, right? And I’m not sure if I should cut these things off,
or just work more and more at making my interactions godly.
i hope this all makes sense... it did in my head lol