We are a little late with starting our observance of Lent this year. Lent started on February 18th, which was only a day after we returned from our month long trip to Thailand. Being waylaid by the affects of jet lag we are only beginning to rediscover the rhythm of being at home. Despite a late start to Lent we still intend to enter into this time of reflection and renewal. As a family we try to mindfully incorporate fasting, praying and alms-giving as part of our way to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter.
In this year’s Lenten message Pope Francis urges everyone to stand up to the globalization of indifference. He is challenging us to open our hearts to Divine love so that we can in turn “receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous”. He claims that this is the heart that will combat indifference in our neighborhood, community and world. (Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2015). As Lent continues I am challenging myself to face the areas of indifference in my own life.
During Lent we we eat simple meals and avoid indulging in luxurious desserts (except for birthdays). This year I am challenging myself to fast from indifference. I am unsure how fasting from indifference will translate into the day to day workings of my life but I think it means being more aware and compassionate to the suffering of those around me and to my own self as well.
This year we will be doing the Jesus Tree together as a family. I am also hoping to practice a little bit of meditative prayer each day.
Throughout Lent we make an effort to donate to various organizations that work towards alleviating hunger and poverty in Canada and abroad. There are so may different organizations that do this but a few that we have donated to in the past include CNEWA and Development and Peace.