Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving; They’re not Just for Lent Anymore


By Father Sergius Halvorsen

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are not “Lenten disciplines” per se.  Rather, they are essential to our basic health and wellbeing: they are fundamental to the Christian life.  Yes, it is true that during Lent we place a much greater emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving, but this does not mean that Lent is the only time we pray, fast and give alms.  There are many facets of life that receive seasonal attention.  At Thanksgiving we pay a great deal of attention to cooking: the turkey, the trimmings and the grandma’s special pumpkin pie.  In the spring we tend to focus on cleaning, especially if we are moving out of a dorm room.  Yet, Thanksgiving and springtime are not the only seasons for cooking and cleaning.  Cooking and cleaning are fundamental to our day-to-day life; they are fundamental to our basic health and wellbeing.  The same holds…

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