Lent through Easter
Do You Want to Fast this Lent
In the words of Pope Francis
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………..and contemplate simplicity
Fast from pressures………..and be prayerful
Fast from bitterness………..and and fill your heart with joy
Fast from selfishness………..and be compassionate to others
Fast from grudges………..and be reconciled
Fast from words………..and be silent so you can listen
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To shelter the homeless
To care for the sick
To visit the imprisoned
To bury the dead
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
To share knowledge
To give advice to those who need it
To comfort the suffering
To be patient with others
To forgive those who hurt you
To give correction to those who need it
To pray for the living and the dead
The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Fear of the Lord/Awe and Wonder
The 3 Theological Virtues
The 4 Cardinal Virtues
The Three Pillars of Lent
A BRIEF EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE BASED ON THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
I am the Lord you God: You shall not have strange Gods before me.
Have I treated people, things or events, as more important than God?
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have my words, actively or passively, put down God, the Church, or people?
Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Do I go to Mass every Sunday (or Saturday vigil) and on Holy Days of Obligation?, Do I avoid, when possible, work that that impeded worship to God, joy for the Lord’s Day, and proper relaxation of mind and body ? Do I look for ways to spend time with family or in service on Sunday?
Honor your father and your mother
Do I show my parents due respect? Do I seek to maintain good communication with my parents where possible? Do I criticize them for lacking skills I think they should have?
You shall not kill
Have I harmed another through physical, verbal or emotional means, including gossip or manipulation of any kind?
You shall not commit adultery
Have I respected the physical and sexual dignity of others and of myself?
You shall not steal
Have I taken or wasted time or resources that belonged to another?
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
Have I gossiped, told lies, or embellished stories at the expense of another?
You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse
Have I honored my spouse with my full affection and exclusive love?
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods
Am I content with my own means and needs, or do I compare myself to others unnecessarily?