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Are we serious about fasting?

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare

I've had some friends ask me what the value of fasting is: Why give something up instead of "doing" something, or helping someone in need?

I'm not sure those things are mutually exclusive, but I do think there's something valuable in just "giving up," too, in just fasting. For me that's going to be meat this Lent. And, no, that doesn't mean I'm going to be eating lobster everyday!