An article written last February with Pope Francis thoughts on Lent has stirred my heart.
…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.
‘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.…whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades….We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own….
‘But when we fast from this indifference, we can began to feast on love’
He continues ‘What are you giving up for Lent?’ It’s a question a lot of people will get these next few days. If you want to change your body, perhaps alcohol and candy is the way to go. But if you want to change your heart, a harder fast is needed. This narrow road is gritty, but it isn’t sterile. It will make room in ourselves to experience a love that can make us whole and set us free.’
Now that’s something worth fasting for.
As I (Michelle) walk the road to Easter – I’m committed to fasting from indifference.
More stopping for the one, less rush,
more engaging with stories, less scrolling past,
more hearing hearts, less agenda,
more awareness, less head in the sand.
More of YOU, less of me Lord.
Join me on the journey of fasting from indifference?
I’m reading Bread and Wine as my devotional during the next 40 days. A selection of readings by C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Philip Yancey, Madeline L’Engle, Henri Nouwen, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and more.
Also head over and join my friend Melissa who is sharing thoughts on the journey here