My brother-in-law and I talk often. He is a solid man who is raising his family right. I appreciate conversing with him about our traditional Catholic faith. Just a day ago, he mentioned the video I am including below as one I would find interesting.
Before I get to that video I would like to make a few notes. Until now, I have been reluctant to mention specifics of my own Lenten fast. Call it a stab at humility if you will. I am trying to avoid the snares set forth by the devil. I will however, in light of this video and if it helps anyone, mention a few of them. Since Ash Wednesday, I along with several of my nephews and other family members far and wide have been waiting until 3:00 PM to eat. When we eat, it is bread. And that is all. Other than two instances where I planned to eat a little more (such as this Laetare Sunday and a gala I must attend in Virginia), we have, by the grace of God, kept to that.
I mean this from the bottom of my heart – Praised be Jesus Christ! This is the most wonderful Lent I have ever lived. And I only share this because I know the Lord has given me the grace (as He promises to do). This should be impossible. I should be collapsed on the ground. I am a very active man. I am on the go all the time. I increased my workouts. I’m lifting heavier and doing more. And all I’m eating is bread once a day. Truly, God be praised! Seriously, men, if you lift weights or do anything active then you know what I mean. Also I’m 45 years old. I should be on the ground by that fact alone! But I want to ask each of you – especially the men reading this – to give it a shot. If it helps, my wife and mother-in-law are doing this too so no shame there, dudes. And I almost don’t want to go back to how I lived before vis. my eating habits.
On a sidenote, I have been Catholic my entire life. Mr. Plese as a convert truly typifies the best of the Catholic Church, in my opinion. I will offer a prayer for him and I enjoin you to as well.
Let us go forward toward Easter in penance and prayer. I feel so much more invigorated. Our Lord asks this of us.
At the end of the video, Plese asks, “If you are not willing to do this, who is?” I ask the same. Let us do this together and keep each other in prayer.
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on us!