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I could squeak through fasting rules with a 'Virtue Cookie,' but should I try to?

luna_cat

03/11/2004 09:28:02 AM

I completely agree with you ssspring. I'm knew to the Orthodox church, and I have found it surprising that it seems almost encouraged to be lenient in the fast. I am vegan all the time (no animal products, including eggs, dairy, meat, etc.), so to imagine giving those foods up temporarily seems easy, rather than difficult. That is why I suggested the vegan cookbook earlier - at least people would have a good idea how healthy and easy it can be, while still maintaining faith and spirituality.

ssspring

03/10/2004 01:32:59 PM

Good article- The point of the fast is not to torture yourself. You are fasting in order to simplify your life so that you can focus on your faith and have money left over for the poor. I agree that there is no reason to ruin your health during the fast. Eat a balance of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein each day. It is not hard to give up meat. My grandmothers fasted when they barely had enough to eat. Do not kid yourself. We have access to an amazing array of beans, fruits, vegetables, and grains. The same goes for dairy. This requires some discipline, but isn't that part of the point to the fast? It's shameful that an Orthodox priest would tell his parishers that they do not need to follow the fast properly. Each person must decide for themselves. It is one thing to choose to not eliminate dairy because of age or health reasons but the rules of the fast still stand. They are valid. This is the Orthodox Church. We do not change our rules like many other Christians.

StChristina

03/09/2004 03:10:44 PM

This article finally convinced me to go and register at Beliefnet because I wanted to respond to it! (It felt appropriate to choose my Orthodox saint name as my user name.) Thanks, Frederica, for this wonderful post. Hit me right where I needed it. Three weeks into the fast, I'm doing my usual thing -- dutifully keeping the letter of the fast but ignoring its spirit (read: if I'm not mistaken, Oreos and Toffuti Cuties are fast-friendly!) "We'd rather chew those crusts than enter the ravishing joy we were made for because, to tell the truth, it's frightening. In the brilliant light of God, the shadows stand out sharply, and we cannot avoid seeing our own failings and weakness. We see his overwhelming love and know it will not rest until we are wholly transformed, strengthened to endure that consuming fire...." That quote is going down on a 3x5 card and getting taped up to the bathroom mirror. (Or maybe the refrigerator.) Thank you so much. This was just what I needed.

Iconodule

03/07/2004 07:44:52 PM

My church has lenten meals every wed. after presanctified ... most of them include cheese, shrimp or calamari. The parish council's dinner even has dove bars for the lucky people who attend that particular wednesday night. So why all these "sinful" foods? Our priest takes the position that meat is such a staple of our diets that simply eliminating it is a difficult enough task (especially considering how much people eat out anymore). He says that if you are able to do the complete historical fast, then that's great. But for a lot of us, simply giving up meat is a tough enough challenge. I know several parishoners in my church who will break out the boca burgers and the like during Lent ... I personally think that violates the spirit of the law ... why give up meat if you're just going to replace it with something that has similar texture and taste?

luna_cat

03/06/2004 11:14:17 PM

I don't understand what is so hard about the fast. And are people really stuck eating oatmeal, spaghetti with marinara, and peanut butter sandwiches??? It seems so simple and obvious: why doesn't anyone just buy a vegan cookbook to use for Lent? It is completely animal-free. Then you wouldn't be stuck eating 3 boring items every single day.

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