About this fish on Friday business...

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To fill the platter high with fish?

To Keep A True Lent
Is this a fast, to keep
The larder leane?
And cleane
From fat of veales and sheep?

Is it to quit the dish
Of flesh, yet still
To fill
The platter high with fish?

Is it to faste an houre,
Or ragg'd to go,
Or show
A downcast look, and sowre?

No: 'tis a fast, to dole
Thy sheaf of wheat
And meat
Unto the hungry soule.

It is to fast from strife,
From old debate,
And hate;
To circumcise thy life.

To shew a heart grief-rent;
To starve thy sin,
Not bin;
And that's to keep thy Lent.

Robert Herrick - 17th century
Herrick's English may be a bit dated but that doesn't keep us from understanding the point he's making. And that point bears repeating and deserves understanding.

How is fasting and "giving things up for Lent" functioning in our lives in this season?

You might want to refer back to this post - paying special attention there to the words of Thomas Merton.

How is fasting functioning in our lives this Lent?




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