A good friend and colleague shared this with me.  I think this is very timely, especially now that we catholics are celebrating Lent.  Read on to find out how we can have “A Fruitful Lenten Season”

Here is a diffrent approach to fasting.  Fastings have a tendency to be oriented toward giving up things like food or certain comforts (eg watching tv).  But there are other creative ways we can welcome Jesus’ healing touch.  Let me count the ways…

1.  Fast from Anger and Hatred  – give your family extra dose of love each day.
2.  Fast from Judging Others  – before you make judgement, recall how Jesus overlooks our faults.
3.  Fast from Discouragement  – hold on to Jesus’ promise that he has a perfect plan for your life.
4.  Fast from Complaining  – when you find yourself about to complain, close your eyes and recall some of the little moments of joy Jesus gave you.
5.  Fast from Resentment or Bitterness  – work on forgiving those who may have hurt you.
6.  Fast from Spending too much money  – try to reduce your spending by 10% and give those savings to the poor.
7.  Spend extra time for personal prayer.
This is challenging, I know.  But that is what lent is all about–SACRIFICE.

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