Quote of the Day: Fasting from…?


Pope Benedict XVI gave this great reminder to us all recently regarding fasting during Lent.  And I figured it was appropriate to post since we’ve just passed the half-way point of this Lenten season!

“Lenten fasts have a tendency to be oriented toward things like giving up food, or television. But there are many other creative ways we can welcome Jesus’ healing touch this Lent. Fast from:

  • Anger and Hatred – give your family and everyone you come across an extra dose of love each day.
  • Judging Others – Before making any judgments, recall how Jesus overlooks our faults.
  • Discouragement – Hold on to Jesus’ promise that He has a perfect plan for your life.
  • Complaining – When you find yourself about to complain, close your eyes and recall some of the little moments of joy Jesus has given you.
  • Resentment or Bitterness – Work on forgiving those who have hurt you.”
  • – Pope Benedict XVI

It’s never too late to renew or add to your Lenten fast!

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Becky March 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Thanks for sharing this! Very nice : )

God bless+

Annette March 25, 2009 at 8:05 am

Most of the time, I go into Lent with the determination of fasting from food. I go into Lent armed with a list of things that I am going to ‘do without’.

Yet, as Lent progresses the Lord Jesus seems to say “No, you are going to give me your Lent and I am going to show you what I want you to work out of your life.”…He reveals truths about myself that I end up viewing, praying over and working out. Instead of successful Lent in my eyes it ends up a successful Lent in His eyes…..Praise be to our Jesus!

Haina March 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I like it..Thanks for sharing this.

nee March 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

I have found it helpful in the past, and present, to try to make my Lenten sacrifices more about ‘giving something extra’, instead of ‘giving something up’. I can’t say this is orthodox, but it seems to help me.

Giving things up is good, but don’t give up on lent if you think you can’t give things up, try giving things in.

read my bible every day (usccb.org/nab)
read my bible every day til I’ve read it all – I like the one year NIV
daily mass, adoration, or prayer, (rosary?,) or a combination thereof

visit the sick, feed the poor

wake up every morning and say, “Good Morning, God. Thank you for this day. I love you. Help me to be good. Help me to be an asset, and not a detriment to Your Will.”

love you, may your journey be joyful.

Grace February 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Perfect! Thanks for sharing.

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