The season of Lent has begun. Once again I would like to share with you the “Fast and Feast” approach to this holy season. If each one of us would seriously take this approach to Lent, think of how different our lives would be, and our parish community.
The challenge is to take one recommendation from the list and practice it for a day, then move on to the next one for the next day, so on and so forth. Keep doing this each day of the Season of Lent and you will “Come out of the cold, dark tomb, into the Light of Easter.”
- Fast from emphasis on differences, Feast on the unity of all life.
- Fast from words that pollute, Feast on phrases that purify.
- Fast from discontent, Feast on gratitude.
- Fast from anger, Feast on patience.
- Fast from pessimism, Feast on optimism.
- Fast from complaining, Feast on appreciation.
- Fast from negatives, Feast on affirmatives.
- Fast from hostility, Feast on gentleness.
- Fast from bitterness, Feast on forgiveness.
- Fast from self-concern, Feast on compassion for others.
- Fast from discouragement, Feast on hope.
- Fast from lethargy, Feast on enthusiasm.
- Fast from suspicion, Feast on truth.
- Fast from thoughts that weaken, Feast on promises that inspire.
- Fast from sorrow, Feast on serenity.
- Fast from idle gossip, Feast on purposeful silence.
- Fast from problems that overwhelm, Feast on prayers that sustain.
Are you willing to accept the challenge? By doing it, you may experience the best Lent ever of your life!
— Fr. Dennis, March 10, 2019