Our recent lockdown also impacted on our plans to mark the beginning of Lent. Nevertheless, Pastorals all shared a special prayer on Ash Wednesday that invited our young men and staff into a commitment to this important time in the Church’s year.
For many Christians, the period of 40 days before Easter known as `Lent’ is traditionally a period of fasting and saying sorry for the times that we haven’t been the best versions of ourselves. It is a time of prayer, reflection and penance, during which we are encouraged to think carefully about how we are living and how God wants us to live. In that spirit, I’d like to share with you the words of Pope Francis (2017) as he answered the question, “Do you want to fast this Lent?”
“Fast from hurting and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. Fast from worries and have trust in God. Fast from complaints; contemplate simplicity. Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness; fill your heart with joy. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate. Fast from grudges and be reconciled. Fast from words; be silent and listen.”
I pray these thoughts support us all on our Lenten journeys.