Lent 2013, II

II. Is fasting contrary to nature? We do not call abstinence from
drinking poison “fasting” because it is not the least bit unnatural. We call
abstinence from food “fasting” because
it is not natural. But is it
contra (against) natural? Since fasting is enjoined by the Church it has to be
a good. If it is good it cannot be contrary to nature; unless, that is, there
is something wrong with our nature. If that were the case, then directly going
against our nature might be not unnatural, but supremely natural. Just like
bending a board cannot possibly straighten it… unless it was already warped in
the first place. Then bending it back the other way, and holding it that way
for a little while (let’s say, 40 days?) might well correct its crookedness. It
might bring it back to the straight and true.

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