So far this liturgical season, I have learned one particular insight. Most people give up food items for Lent. I work at an ice cream place and decorate cakes, so ladies are always surrendering the chocolate fixation for Lent. Not me. I eat chocolate daily. I am often so exhausted, I must make a conscious effort to remember NOT to eat meat on Fridays. I am astonished at how weight obsessed even catholic women are when it comes to Lenten sacrifice. The practice of self-denial and sacrifice has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss, looking good, and vanity. Women are so darned vain. I do include myself in that equation, yet when I got beat up with a black eye and broken nose, and a massively swollen face, I was drained of much of my vanity.
People who never practice prayer and fasting regularly make great aspirations to do so during Lent, but the weight loss motive hides behind their pride and vanity. Fasting is not for your bodily health or weight loss when it comes to spiritual purification. Yes, fasting combined with prayer is powerful and extremely efficacious. However, when it is motivated by hidden, self-centered motive, it is not powerful much less sacrificial. I had to get that off my chest. I am a female and I have found catholic women to really struggle with this beauty, weight, and vanity obsession. Jesus DOES NOT CARE what your body looks like. He cares about what you do with it and use it for.
- Imago Dei