This campaign that we are called to be a part of begins with holy fasting. It is rooted in service in the name of Christ. It requires us to arm ourselves with restraint, self-restraint, rather than reckless abandon. And it is a battle against spiritual evils - not child's play.
I have a good friend, Michael Ripple, who in his blog Pray-lium often reminds us of this daily battle with the subtle and not so subtle forces of evil. His recent post on fasting is to the heart of the matter.
The Prayer over the People today says:
Pour out a spirit of compunction, O God,
on those who bow before your majesty,
and by your mercy
may they merit the rewards you promisePray-lium
to those who do penance.
May we bow before the majesty of God, do penance for our failings, and merit the rewards that he promises. And may our Lent be a powerful experience of God.