In the tradition that Pope Francis wrote his list (Fast from hurting words – say kind words; Fast from sadness – be filled with gratitude; Fast from pessimism – be filled with hope), here is my 2018 list.
Fast from desire – God provides everything.
Fast from the easiness of fast food – It took God 7 days to create.
Fast from disquiet about politics – God is in charge of everything.
Fast from the lure of selfishness – Jesus became like a servant to set us free.
Fast from thinking better about myself – God knows the heart of everyone.
Fast from the thrill of Starbucks – Remember Jesus was in the desert for 40 days.
Fast from obsessing about the news – God has the whole world in his hands.
Fast from wanting more – pray for people who have less; much, much less.
Come to think of it, I should fast from these things for an entire year, not just Lent.
- Fr. Dave