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Goodbye butter, goodbye eggs, goodbye barbecued chicken legs…

…with cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.

Great Lent as reckoned on the Orthodox liturgical calendar is upon us. This is my fourth Great Lent as an Orthodox Christian, and the first one I will have really observed in a couple of years. (I broke my ankle two hours after Forgiveness Vespers last year, and was thus ordered to refrain from fasting.) It’s always a challenge to wash your face and anoint yourself during this period and, of course, to be the Publican rather than the Pharisee. Of course, the challenge is part of the point. Draw attention to the fact that you’re fasting and you’ve received your reward already. Sometimes for me that means choosing to not fast around non-Orthodox so as to not generate questions; I’m not always sure that’s the right way to go, but there we are. It is the challenge of trying to practice a faith in a culture that fundamentally doesn’t get it.

For the moment, I give you Rod Dreher’s Lenten blog, The Reluctant Vegan.

Cheese. Melt it if you got it.

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