“To fast is to banquet with angels.” I love this post. REMINDER therefrom:
“We enter the voluntary season of penance of Septuagesima this Sunday. This is the season where we can get our fasting and mortification down and well-established before Lent, the great penitential season, begins. It is a great gift the Church gives us, so we are really ready to go once Lent starts, so that we can truly accompany our Lord worthily on His 40 Day fast in the desert of the world.”
I posted a few quotes from early desert fathers yesterday, and it was apparent from those quotes how great a danger these great ascetics saw in gluttony. Here we are speaking of traditional gluttony for food, not some other gluttony (for power, etc). A commenter rightly noted that we just don’t hear much about gluttony anymore as a grave evil. Now, those in traditional parishes might hear a good deal about the need for fasting/mortification, but that’s a bit different. While fasting should be a regular part of our faith life (for those who can do so), avoiding binge eating or other tendencies towards gluttony are just as important.
There is a good resource here for avoiding gluttony and overcoming chronic overeating. Certainly, gluttony and the attendant health problems have gone beyond epidemic proportions in the United States and most of the West. In fact, the greatest health threat to…
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