Some Concerns with the Exodus 90 Program
Exodus 90 is underway for many Catholic men. It is an intense 90 day program based on prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. For 90 days these men will take cold showers, abstain from alcohol and most media, fast twice per week, give up snacks and desserts, along with various other spiritual tasks. I applaud such a penitential spirit.
The inevitable…. HOWEVER…
However, I do have two concerns about Exodus 90 which could use some explaining.
The Church already has a wise, if not perfect, system of fasting and feasting. Catholics are encouraged to do penance on Wednesdays and Fridays (some add in Saturdays as well). In addition, there are specific periods of penance (Lent, Advent, Ember Days). Feasting occurs on Sundays as well as on major Feast Days and Solemnities (e.g. the Assumption of Mary). There is a built in balance to life.
My problem with Exodus 90 is that, from what I hear, Sundays and Feast days are placed aside. For instance, February 2nd of this year is the Feast of the Presentation, as well as a Sunday. It is a significant day in the Church’s liturgical year. Christ, the Light, is placed before us. Not celebrating with food, or even a warm shower, seems contrary to the joyful nature of the day. Willingly choosing to set aside the wise liturgical heritage handed on to us (hello Paul VI) is not, I believe, prudent. Hard penance on an obviously joyful feast day is a mistake.
My jaw hit the floor when I found out participants in Exodus 90 are charged $10/month. Must everything cost?! Even fasting?! Should I charge people for reading my poor website? It does cost me $17 (US) to run it every year, after all.
Yes, I get that it costs money to run a website, have a coordinator, and develop a suitable app. Still though, I don’t recall ever spending $10 to utilize an app, much less $10/month on one. Perhaps seeking donations would be a better approach. As it stands right now, charging $10/month just leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
(Bonus) Regnum Christi
Seriously, what on Earth!?! The Exodus 90 website has Regnum Christi listed as an aid/sponsor. Regnum Christi is part of the Legionaries of Christ, a most-dysfunctional Order founded by the nefarious Father Maciel (Father in more than just the priestly sense). The Legionaries organization should be burned to the ground and peed on (and not necessarily in that order).