St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

 

All of creation has the power to lay down its life.  Summer and autumn lay down the bounty of their harvest.  Our own lives pour forth daily their energy into various tasks.  All is a laying down.  We lay down our lives being generous, being forgiving, trying to be patient, with greater success at some times, sacrificing for the sake of love, giving back to others and the community.

All of creation also has the power to take up life again. Winter turns to spring.  We awaken to a new day every morning, refreshed by sleep.  Weakened bodies can heal.  We also take up life by seeking healthy relationships, by using our power of creativity to give life to others.  We strive to be good; we seek harmony and peace with others and the crated world.  We hunger for a relationship with our God.  And we succeed more often than not.

That rhythm of laying down and taking up is but the echo of Jesus and how he chose to live among us.  It was God’s command to him, bred deep in his bones and spirit.  And, it is a command to us as well.

~Fr. Sas

LENT: Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
FASTING means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals.
ABSTINENCE means to refrain from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older.

DO YOU PLAN TO FAST THIS LENTEN SEASON?

When pondering what to give up this year, consider Pope Francis’ suggestions to observe this Lent:

  • 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 fill your hearts 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.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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