Message from the Holy Father Francis for Lent 2021 (click on link)


Pope Francis’ Fasting Suggestions

 

  • Fast from hurting words ~ say kind words
  • Fast from sadness ~ be filled with gratitude
  • Fast from anger ~ be filled with patience
  • Fast from pessimism ~ be filled with hope
  • Fast from worries ~ trust in God
  • Fast from complaints ~ contemplate simplicity
  • Fast from pressures ~ be prayerful
  • Fast from bitterness ~ full your heart with joy
  • Fast from selfishness ~ be compassionate
  • Fast from grudges ~ be reconciled
  • Fast from words ~ be silent so you can listen

Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17) and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday (April 1). It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

 

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).

 

In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics. ~USCCB


Lenten Resources

Loyola Press loyolapress.com/

The Living Lent Daily e-mail series for 2021 is inspired by the new book, I Am with You: Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Dynamic Catholic dynamiccatholic.com

Best Lent Ever journeys through Matthew Kelly’s latest book, I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit.

Word on Fire lentreflections.com/

Bishop Barron sends daily Lenten Gospel reflections

National Catholic Education Association ncea.org/

Lenten resources for Families

Ecospirituality Resources ecospiritualityresources.com/

Provides free resources for personal and group use during Lent for those who want to respond not only to Jesus’ suffering and death, but also to the suffering of our planet.