The Soul Care Series: Nutrition

Breakfast

Everyone and their dog has an opinion on diets in general, and often on your diet in particular, so I feel a bit guilty for adding more noise to that conversation, but as I see more and more dubious books propping up in the Christian (and specifically Catholic) sphere I think we are at high risk of being absorbed into the culture that surrounds us rather than transforming it. Diets like the not-a-diet “Light Weigh” programme, and intermittent fasting lifestyles like the one promoted in Eat, Fast Feast walk the very thin line between challenging Western comfort in order to help our spiritual lives, and spiritualising weight loss because that’s the standard of the world we live in. 

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My Catholic Home Décor Wishlist

Wall Art

In last week’s Soul Care installment I talked about spiritual health. One way in which I take care of that is to have constant little reminders to raise my sight to God. My phone background rotates Bible or saints’ quotes, my iPad is fixed on Romans 15:13, my laptop is just a photo of flowers because I’m hopeless at keeping a clean desktop…I get intentions reminders from the Echo app, and have a home altar on the top shelf of my bookshelf. What is missing is, aside from a flag hanging from the door of my wardrobe, anything hanging on the walls. That’s the downside of renting and being forbidden from hanging things on the walls. So, instead of being a post about what my home looks like, it’s a post about what I wish I had in my home. I’m sure it’ll be full of lovely things and perhaps brands you didn’t know. 

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“Silence” by Martin Scorsese and the silence of Holy Saturday

The film adaptation of the 1966 novel “Silence” by Shūsaku Endō has been out for a really long time, but I missed it in the cinema and I then didn’t really know whether to watch it because of the reactions to it. As I had 3 hours to fill on Holy Saturday, and my husband had not seen it either, we decided to go ahead. It seemed like a fitting subject for a day that, liturgically, is about the silence of God when in the tomb. Contrary to Twitter’s opinion that I have a celebrity crush on Adam Driver, I had no idea he was in it. I knew Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield were, and in fact, I was more than aware of what the latter was saying at the time about the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. It was the first time I felt like I should do them (I still haven’t). This post contains spoilers of the story, so go ahead at your risk. 

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I gave up perfectionism for Lent…here’s what happened

They say “Be careful what you wish for”, and boy, are they right! It was as late as Ash Wednesday and I didn’t know what to give up for Lent. I asked myself the question: would giving this thing up make me a better person at the end of the 40 days? Food was a no-go because I don’t really have something I can give up, I’d rather forgo coffee entirely than have it unsweetened and I am down to the minimum amount possible to avoid being a cranky zombie with a migraine. I thought about giving up entertainment, but I realised that the effect on my schedule would be marginal. I have so much time on my hands I should be able to keep the monastic schedule of prayer, tackle my to-do list and still waste a lot of time playing games and watching Asian dramas. A lot of that time used to be wasted scrolling on social media, but I was already tackling that because I can’t give them up entirely (I was already home alone all day before the lockdown started). So after a lot of prayer and thinking, I decided to give up perfectionism.

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Consecration to Jesus through Mary – A year on

It’s been a year since I did my consecration to Jesus through Mary using the 33 Days to Morning Glory book. I was sceptical, I had to write my own prayer because the language of those provided didn’t sit well with me, and I wasn’t sure whether to do it until the very end: what swung the pendulum was that I felt trapped in an insurmountable situation and saw it as the final act of total surrender of my control over it. I wish I could say it was the start of giving up control over my life, but if you heard that I gave up perfectionism for Lent you already know that it wasn’t that simple. And no, I still really don’t like the Rosary as a form of prayer. 

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