It’s the second Lent of the pandemic, and tempers are, safe to say, frayed. Everyone is exhausted. Everyone is in mourning. There is still uncertainty ahead. So how are we supposed to think about fasting when the world seems to have tilted sideways on its axis?
Here’s a suggestion.
Listen to the Holy Father: the pope calls us to…
- fast from hurting words and say kind words
- fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
- fast from anger and be filled with patience
- fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
- fast from worries and have trust in God
- fast from complaints; contemplate simplicity
- fast from pressures and be prayerful
- fast from bitterness; fill your hearts with joy
- fast from selfishness and be compassionate
- fast from grudges and be reconciled
- fast from words; be silent and listen
If we can do any of these things, in this time of pain and uncertainty and of hope, then we’ll be on the right road toward the resurrection.