I have been thinking this over, and all the signs are pointing to this being a good idea for me.
Beginning this Tuesday, November 7, I plan to undergo a ritual fast for 40 days--the 40 days before Christmas Day (not including Sundays or December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary).
I intend to fast not only from food but also from frivolous things--like this blog. Therefore, I will not be adding to the blog during that time. But since the last day of my fast will be on December 23 (leaving only eight days left in the year 2017), I figure I might as well end this blog entirely.
I know this isn't the first time I've thought I would end my blog entirely, but I think that this time I'm going to really make it stick. To that end, I plan to delete my blog entries tomorrow as I can, so that I can spend as little time as possible doing it during my fast.
Also during the fast I will be praying for respect for life and marriage, chastity, children, the family, and travelers, and the poor and needy, and workers--and in anticipation of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, whenever that is (and for when I have to account for my deeds in this life to Him, which may be sooner than that)--all things appropriate to the time before the Nativity of Our Lord.
And I will be getting rid of things that I don't use or need anymore, and intend to donate to help the poor and needy.
It seems like a perfect time, because this fast will include November 28, the 7-year anniversary of the day I came back to regular Mass after so many years of being away from Christ and His Church. And the number 7 is a number of completion (seven days in a week, for example: six days of creation and the seventh day of rest).
This will also capstone this year being a major year of faith for me, since it was only at the end of last year that I realized I had been going to the opposite side of a false dichotomy from where I had been before I returned to the Church. That is, I regarded the faith too philosophically, too much with my mind alone--not personally enough, not with true love, not even though I had rejected my beliefs that were incompatible with the faith and embraced beliefs that were rooted in the Catholic faith. This will be a great way to start the new year, AD 2018.
Again, while I will not fast on Sundays or on a Solemnity, I will not post on this blog on those days either. I will also not post on Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Day--and so, early though it is, I want to sign off with one last Merry Christmas!
Thank you for staying with my blog for as long as you have. God bless and be with you all, always.