How to keep a holy lent

Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in everyone.

Fast from an obsession with what divides us; 

Feast on an awareness of things that unite us.


Fast from words that pollute, corrupt, hurt and dehumanize others;

Feast on words that affirm human dignity.


Fast from pessimism; Feast on optimism.


Fast from anger; Feast on patience.


Fast from bitterness and resentment;

Feast on forgiveness and reconciliation.


Fast from discouragement;

Feast on hope.

Fast from discontent;

Feast on gratitude.


Fast from self-concern;

Feast on community.


Fast from rumors, gossip and taking delight in the misfortunes of others;

Feast on the generosity of spirit that wishes others well.


Fast from Godless consumerism and over consumption;

Feast on the simplicity that makes room for God in our lives.


Fast from the relentless noise of the 24 hr. news cycle;

Feast on the quest time to reflect, meditate and pray.


Fast from negative facts that depress; Feast on truths that uplift.


Fast from sorrow; Feast on serenity.


Fast from problems that overwhelm; Feast on prayer that sustains.


Fast from the fear that God is too distant to be concerned with the human condition;

Feast on the belief in God’s love for all people.