Wednesday, February 25, 2009

to begin...

A Lenten Prayer
Fast from judging others; feast on Christ in them.
Fast from wanting more; feast on being thankful.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from worry; feast on trust.
Fast from complaining; feast on enjoyment.
Fast from negatives; feast on postitives.
Fast from stress; feast on prayer.
Fast from anger; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from fear; feast on truth
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from gossip; feast on silence.
Fast from fighting; feast on peace.
~Adapted from a Lenten prayer by William Arthur Ward in Take Out, Family Faith on the Go.

I'm headed off to 8am mass this morning. Emma's 3rd grade religion class has her special liturgy today. She's excited to be participating by reading the petitions. A wonderful way to begin this spiritual journey called Lent.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful prayer...I made copies for all my kids and told them to focus on just one line per day!
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Julie, what a wonderful prayer. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. May I have permission to use this poem on my photoblog. I think it's a perfect way to reflect and begin our lenten journeys.
~Shelly Hogenkamp

jamie said...

Yes, Everyone! Please share. I can't take credit...I found it in the mini-magazines about Lent our kids brought home from religion class this week. So glad you appreciated it. John and I both mentioned after reading it, that we hadn't really thought of fasting from anything other than food before. I thought it was a nice way to get our minds and hearts in the right place for the start of Lent.

myfabfive said...

This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us.