I recently wrote an account of my life, focused on how I became a Catholic. For me, it was a very spiritual experience, remembering the incredible graces that God has given me. However, it also made me see the enormity of the sinful life I had prior to being received into the Church. Although I know I have been forgiven for all of that, I feel a need to do penance for my past sins--for the rest of my life, frankly, because I was a pretty major offender.
A traditional way to do penance in Catholicism is by fasting, so I have decided to set aside Fridays as a personal fast day for me. It won't be easy, as I am accustomed, like most Americans, to eating all day, whatever and whenever I want. However, I actually want it to be hard, I want it to feel like suffering, because I really need and want to atone in some way for my sins.
I will be starting this coming Friday; I will let you know how it goes, and if I grow spiritually from this long-hallowed Catholic practice! +