I try never to talk about Lent, pro or con. I think Lent is an example of Christian liberty at the most basic (St Paul: why value one day over another?). The reactions to Lent, for and against, however, are most interesting.
Practically, I am not celebrating Lent this year in the sense of “giving something up.” Especially food. I have several dietary issues, along with other logistic problems that make “fasting from meat/eggs/cheese/milk” problematic.
However, my own reading takes a turn during Lent. I read a lot more of the medievals than I normally do (slugging through the latter half of Aquinas’s ST at the moment).
But enough about me. I want to call attention to all of the hipster Reformed/YRR attacking Lent, and attacking Lent by what is basically “food porn.” Uploading pictures of the latest kegger or six pack and big cigars.
If you want to attack medieval interpretations of Lent that “bind consciences,” go at it. Have fun. I fear that many have thrown the baby out with the proverbial bath water. Spiritual disciplines in the sense of “disciplining the body” is very good and should not be abandoned. Yet we don’t see this among the Hipster/Bro Reformed.
But someone would say, pointing to Colossians 2 and Galatians 4, that we are no longer under the seasons and stoichea. True, which is why I don’t believe tying Lenten discipline to a cosmic calendar is necessary. But…we still live in God’s world and he made seasons and rhythms.
If you haven’t figured it out, yet, I am alluding to the Facebook group Reformed Pub.
*Fr Seraphim Rose read through Augustine’s Confessions during each Great Lent. Not a bad idea.
*As noted earlier, I am reading as much of Thomas’s Summa as I can.
*Reread the Venerable Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of English People.
*Memorize some medieval prayers written in Latin. Nothing magical about Latin, but this could be a mental training exercise.
Some Good Lenten Resources and Ideas: