Father didn't have me fast during Nativity, but I did ask him at class a couple days ago what he'd recommend b/c I wanted (felt like I needed) to be doing -something-. So, atop from praying / repentence and a few other things, he's starting me off slow and gradual (baby steps): no meat at all and no fish on Wed. & Fri. There is also yet another thing, one I feel that is bigger than perhaps even that, and thought about for awhile that I thought might make a good thing to do during Lent.
I asked Father if I could try to quit smoking for Lent---I know for a 100% fact that that will require a lot out of me and it will not be easy. He's advised me to pray to the Lord for strength and thinks it will be very good for me.
I just smoked my last one about 30 minutes ago (I finished off the last pack in the carton I had bought a week prior, so wanted to get them all done so they are not in my house), so now it begins and I am looking forward, hopeful this will help me not only understand Lent and its' meaning, but to also help me grow as a human being and draw closer to the Lord as I continue with my catechumenate.
Friends, I know the Lord says to not draw any attention to yourself when you are fasting, and I am not trying to (and I most certainly hope it doesn't appear that way!), but this is my first (guess you could say) 'real' one, so it is like a brand new thing for me and therefore, a lot of uncharted waters so to speak. By this all I really wish to do is humbly ask for your prayers for the necessary strength to see this through as I very much want it to.
Thank you for listening to me--it means a lot.