This year we are adding to our discipline a spending fast. While we will have to continue paying bills, buying gas and groceries, and paying for essentials, we are avoiding all other spending. My intention is to use this time to focus on Christ and on nurturing our domestic monastery in simplicity and beauty. I’m looking forward to a Lent full of beans and rice, black coffee, tea, long dark evenings at home, playing cards in the lamplight and preparing to greet Easter with fresh eyes. I’m going to use blogging to hold myself accountable, because, without it, I’m likely to sneak off to the store occasionally - so many weaknesses to overcome in life!
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Simplicity Project: Lent
I love lent. I look forward to it every year from Christmas until it begins. Each year we commit to a traditional Byzantine fast - a rhythm of eating that flows with the week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we are allowed no meat, eggs, dairy, oil, wine, or fish; Tuesday and Thursday we are allowed oil and wine, but no fish, meat, dairy or eggs; Saturday and Sunday we are allowed oil, wine and fish, but not meat, eggs, or dairy. And throughout the fast we avoid sugar and sweetness, except honey and molasses. I love the Lenten rhythm, it always gives me something to strive for and something to look forward to as we await Easter.