Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Localist Lent

Bock's "long history of being brewed and consumed by Bavarian monks as a source of nutrition during times of fasting" inspired me to stock up on Genesee Bock Beer, our local brewery's "take on the 16th century German legend" for Lent. For years, I have been giving up beer. This year, I'll give up lunch and dinner, and have no more than two cans in the evening for sustenance.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

That sounds a bit rigorous, even with the beer in the evening.

February 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Dauvit Balfour said...

I've toyed with similar ideas in the past, but have never had the fortitude to undertake them. Good luck.

February 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

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February 13, 2013 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Day One was pretty easy. Hearty steel-cut oats with peanut-butter, raisins and dried cranberries with Greek yogurt in the side for breakfast. Plenty of pu-erh tea during the day.

It was a non-stop day at work, students, a teleconference, Ash Wednesday Mass at the chapel, a staff meeting, a class, then a webinar. Explained to Muslim students all day long what the ashes meant.

Had the first beer while the kids ate and I strummed some banjo. Then took the kids to their music school and shopping. Did some home physical therapy for my daughter. Found out her stuffed Penguin was missing and had to go back out and retrace every step. No luck. Came home. The penguin had been found. Lessons learned. Now, I'm enjoying beer number two and not even hungry.

I'm thinking I might forego the beer on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent. I do plan to eat three meals on Sundays, and probably drink wine

February 13, 2013 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Taking wine on Sundays during Lent is important. Even with the breakfast you describe, I don't think I could pull off your discipline for the season!

February 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I first fasted while working in Malaysia, where I got into Anglo-Catholicism, when Lent fell just after Ramadan. Each year, it seems a bit easier, and I push myself a bit further.

Much to my discredit, for me, it's more of a physical thing than a spiritual thing. I'm more interested in shedding a few pounds than atoning for sins.

February 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM  

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