Tired of giving up chocolate or sweets during Lent? Perhaps instead you could try fasting from gossiping, sending text messages, or watching sports.
Those are just a few of the Diocese of Rochester’s suggestions for fasting in a fast-paced world. During Lent diocesan staff will post — or tweet — one suggestion per day on the diocesan Twitter page at http://twitter.com/rochdiocese. The full list of suggestions also may be found at www.rochesterspiritalive.org.
The first suggestion tweeted on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, encouraged Catholics to consider the way they use their free time.
"What TV show will I choose to watch tonight? Should I fast from some TV shows?" the tweet read.
Many of the suggestions encourage people to consider the choices they make in everyday life and what those choices say about them. The Feb. 18 tweet asks Catholics if they listen to music they wouldn’t want others to hear, while an upcoming tweet will ask followers what the Web sites they choose to visit say about them. Other suggestions deal with courteous driving behavior on the road, taking the time to truly listen when others are speaking, and spending time with family and friends.
This initiative is part of Spirit Alive!, the diocesan spiritual renewal. At the beginning of Lent Spirit Alive! entered its third and final phase, which focuses on deepening one’s commitment to discipleship.