Question of the Day for Monday, February 18, 2013
Q. A number of my co-workers who are not Catholic decided this year to give up certain foods for Lent. They asked me about the meaning of Lenten fasting, and I was embarrassed that I was not able to offer much of an explanation. Can you shed some light on the meaning of abstaining from meat and other foods during this holy season?
— N.W., Wilmington, Del.
A. Here’s a reply from OSV columnist Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:
Fasting from meat — or from other foods — during Lent continues to hold a certain fascination for non-Catholics and, indeed, for nonbelievers. Many people take up this practice simply as a way of losing weight or becoming more healthy. These motivations are not to be dismissed, but they fall short of the biblical spirituality of fasting.
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/Feb18222013/tabid/8688/Default.aspx