Dr Denton on Lent: Fast, Fluid, and Perfect for Touch
St Escriva was fond of saying the happiness of heaven is reserved for those who learn to be happy on earth.
When we fast, we live largely on fluids. In doing so we are given the cleansing, perfect touch of God. In our separation from the consumable bounties of this world we are given insights into living in the the New World which comes to us through faith. Our eyes are opened to a new experience of freedom; the true freedom that comes to us through knowing Jesus Christ. The emptiness we feel is a sign of the longing which He alone can fill.
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That's what popped up on my computer screen this morning as I prepared to write an article on Fasting during Lent.
The touch screen on my computer was actually promoting fast, fluid, and perfect touch. In a sense, I realized that I am promoting the same thing.
When we fast, we live largely on fluids. In doing so we are given the cleansing, perfect touch of God. In our separation from the consumable bounties of this world we are given insights into living in the the New World which comes to us through faith.
Our eyes are opened to a new experience of freedom; the true freedom that comes to us through knowing Jesus Christ. The emptiness we feel is a sign of the longing which He alone can fill.
This week I weighed in at 196 lbs and that's not fast enough for me! So this week, the week I long for each year,the beginning of Lent. I will begin a fast.
Really Dr D?
"Please Dr D, you are not going down the "I am going to fast" road of sacrifice talk, only to tell us how this is going to help you lose weight are you? Great writers over the centuries have spoken about the self centered narcissism contained in that approach!"
Yes I am
But for the moment, let's take a broad brush stroke approach to the whole subject. In order to understand my calim please remember that I talking about the whole person, body, soul, and spirit. We are temples of the Spirit, and it's ok to use the gifts given to us to make that temple clean, beautiful, and thus more fit for the Spirit to dwell more fully within. We are integrated human persons.
I am speaking of taking the gift of fasting, practicing it, and then letting the whole person be blessed through reaping its many effects, spiritual and physical. The body loses weight and cleanses, the soul/mind becomes cleared of that chemically induced food fog, and our spirit is jumping for joy as we come closer and one with God.
We fast in order to rid ourselves of those things that separate us from the Lord. We fast in order to find peace and joy in a new way of living more simply. In our fasting, we find ourseleves being made new and, yes, that actually makes us happy.
St Escriva was fond of saying the happiness of heaven is reserved for those who learn to be happy on earth.
When I fast, I try to remove from my life a crutch or an excuse I have been using to comfort me. For example, I fast by giving up the bowl of cereal at 10:00 pm, the 2nd or 3rd glass of wine during dinner, the 4th cup of coffee.
I fast in order to find joy and happiness in walking away from the food and drink of this world - that in themselves can be good - but which I have made a crutch and substituted for what I really need. I quiet walk with Jesus Christ throughout the season called Lent. It becomes a moment of prayer with my Lord. In that time of communion with Him I find the comfort of God instead of the comfort of food and I get happier.
Over the past 3 weeks have written about Hara Hachi Bu (stop eating when you are 75-80% full), walking like St Francis and finding the beauty of Christ in the moment, drinking more water and now Bringing all three together in Fasting.
Fasting = Less food, more water, and finding Christ in the quiet of our self emptying. He fills us with His presence. Fast on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Some simple suggestions to help with fasting:
In the morning, drink a blend of frozen berries and water.
Add some chia seeds to the morning drink, or salads, and breads during the day. The seeds absorb water and help to make the body less hungry.
The ancient runners of the Americas use to eat these seeds and drink water before they ran extreme distances. We now know the seeds absorb the water and make a jelly substance that will slowly release the water back into our bodies as we need fluids.
The chia seeds also are a great source of fiber and great for colon health.
Remember at the evening meal to drink water prior to eating. By evening the body will be adjusting to the fast but the brain will want to over eat.
Listen, we've been training our brains to eat a heavy meal in the evening for a year. Now we have to break the cycle and limit our intake during the day and night. If you fail don't quit trying and get depressed. Just keep limiting you daily intake until Wed and Friday fasts are easy.
My computer screen said fast, fluid, and perfect touch this morning. I completely agree!
May you be blessed this Lenten Season with the Beautiful Joy filled Touch of God's loving, healing Hand.
P.S. I hope you had some King cake on Tuesday.
In Christ's Love
Dr Denton D. Weiss, M.D. is board certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Weiss' approach to his medical practice flows from his convictions about the meaning of life which are deeply rooted in his Catholic Faith. He and his wife, Michelle strive for an integrated approach to life which recognizes the unity of the body, mind and soul. They call this approach "Bella Vitae" or "Beautiful Living". He, and Michelle, are contributing writers to Catholic Online.
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