With the Feast of the Ascension behind us, we now return to fasting on Friday following the tradition of the church. Eat and drink nothing with calories in it until 5 PM. Focus your attention on the other forms of sustenance you find in the day–conversations with friends, a quick prayer, a reading. What sustains you beyond food? What are the specific ways you live on more than bread alone?
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.