Posted May 3rd, 2013, 10:20 AM
Doesn't this attitude promote the sin of gluttony? Seeking an easy way, just live as you used to, eat whatever, maybe help an old woman to cross the road? Gluttony is a deadly sin and Lent is the strict fast. I am suprised that they don't offer people fast dishes. All the restaurants in my country do.
Fast is good for your soul as well as your body - it cleanses the bad toxins and improves your health. No meat, diary, no alcohol and smoking.
Though I am late with this, because Easter arrived!
It's really a stretch to say that teaching that Lenten sacrifices doesn't always have to involve food, and that it can involve some other behavior modification, promotes gluttony.
Using your logic, fasting from food during Lent would then promote other deadly sins such as laziness (sloth) or envy or greed or pride. Ridiculous, isn't it? If I choice to give up being selfish or lazy rather than giving up food, how is that not also worthy of Lent? Why is choosing to focus on one sin (gluttony) better than focusing on another?
Fasting is only an obligation in our religion on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, and not throughout Lent. Yes, fasting is good for the soul/health, however giving people a choice of fasting from various foods, or fasting from various behaviors, is not seeking an easy way. It is often harder to give up a behavior than a particular food item, making it more of a sacrifice.
I did say in my original post that we still give up eating meat on Friday, which is a Lenten obligation regardless of whatever else one decides to sacrifice for Lent.