Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fast From-Feast On

Thanks to Father Vince Inghilterra for sharing the following:

Keeping a Holy Lent

Fast From-Feast On

• Fast from judging others; Feast on the Christ dwelling in them.

• Fast from emphasis on differences; Feast on the unity of life.

• Fast from apparent darkness; Feast on the reality of light.

• Fast from thoughts of illness; Feast on the healing power of God.

• Fast from words that pollute; Feast on phrases that purify.

• Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.

• Fast from anger; Feast on patience.

• Fast from pessimism; Feast on optimism.

• Fast from worry; Feast on divine order.

• Fast from complaining; Feast on appreciation.

• Fast from negatives; Feast on affirmatives.

• Fast from unrelenting pressures; Feast on unceasing prayer.

• Fast from hostility; Feast on non-resistance.

• Fast from bitterness; Feast on forgiveness.

• Fast from self-concern; Feast on compassion for others.

• Fast from personal anxiety; Feast on eternal truth.

• Fast from discouragement; Feast on hope.

• Fast from facts that depress; Feast on verities that uplift.

• Fast from lethargy; Feast on enthusiasm.

• Fast from thoughts that weaken; Feast on promises that inspire.

• Fast from shadows of sorrow; Feast on the sunlight of serenity.

• Fast from idle gossip; Feast on purposeful silence.

• Fast from problems that overwhelm; Feast on prayer that strengthens.
-William Arthur Ward (American author, teacher and pastor, 1921-1994.)

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