Fast from Indifference, Feast on Love!
Would you like to
Deepen the meaning and value of your Christian life?
Rediscover the mercy of God?
Become more merciful toward your brothers and sisters?
Join us this Lent for a practice of fasting from indifference, and feasting on love, with Pope Francis.
Starting Ash Wednesday and continuing each of the six Sundays of Lent, we offer a Lenten practice designed to shake our indifference toward some of the greatest global sufferings as we focus on some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Pope Francis, in marking the celebration of Ash Wednesday in 2015, commented on the act of fasting.
According to Francis, fasting must never become superficial. He often quotes the early Christian mystic John Chrysostom who said:
“No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”
If we’re going to fast from anything this Lent, Francis suggests that even more than candy or alcohol, we fast from indifference towards others.
He continues, “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.”
About the Sustainable Development Goals
Adopted by the United Nations member states in 2015, including the United States, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries—developed and developing—in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth—all the while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forest.
These goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet, now and into the future. We invite you to read more about them.
As you study the Sustainable Development Goals, you will be reminded of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition: Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family Community and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable; The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers; Solidarity; and Care for God’s Creation.
Each Friday during Lent we'll post here and on our social media a new message related to a different Sustainable Development Goal and Sunday scripture for that week.
Please join us in studying, praying, and fasting for the needs of the world and the needs of our corner of the planet.
Remember those who suffer from poverty caused by indifference and all that that entails as a way to respond to the encouragement of Pope Francis to fast from indifference towards the “others” of the world.
Fast from indifference. Feast on love.