With the beginning of Lent on March 6th, Ash Wednesday, I asked our State Chaplain,
Father William Smith, to write a few words this month. This is Fr. Bill’s Lenten message:
Today, we begin the Season of Lent. Lent is a time of preparation to celebrate the most important three days of our faith: The Easter Triduum.
During The Easter Triduum we celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent we are encouraged to a more intense activity of daily prayer, giving to others, and fasting.
During the officer’s workshop in September 2018, State Vice-President, Elena offered us a reflection on “How to Plant Your Garden”. Using that format, I want to offer a reflection on fasting, one of the pillars of the Season of Lent.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO FASTING.
Fasting has a tendency to be oriented toward things like
giving up food, social media or candy. Here is an
another creative way to approach fasting.
Fast from anger and hatred. Give your family an
extra dose of love each day.
Fast from judging others. Before making any
judgements, recall how Jesus overlooks our
Fast from discouragement. Hold on to Jesus’ promise
that He has a perfect plan for your life.
Fast from complaining. When you find yourself about
to complain, close your eyes and recall some of
the little moments of joy Jesus has given.
Fast from resentment or bitterness. Work on
forgiving those who may have hurt you.
Fast from spending too much money. Try to reduce
your spending by ten percent and give those
savings to the poor.