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 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.
Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017 Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017 focuses on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Its title is The Word is a Gift. Other Persons are a Gift and you can find the full text here. Our Province offers these Reflections on Pope Francis Message for Lent 2017 to encourage members of the Sacred Heart Family to reflect on Pope Francis’ Message in the light of core elements of our spirituality, and the calls, or major directions, identified by General Chapter 2016. Links to Resources Catholic Religious Australia provides links to a wide range of resources for Lent 2017 on this page. Here
In his Message for Lent 2015 Pope Francis addresses the globalization of indifference – a frequent theme in his homilies and talks. He invites us to reflect with him on three texts from the Bible – 1 Cor 12:26, Gen 4:9, and Jas 5:8. In this reflection sheet, Make Our Hearts Like Yours – Lenten Reflection 2015, we take up the invitation. In addition to considering each text in its context and Pope Francis’ reflection on it in his Lenten Message, we pose questions that place each text in dialogue with the Goals of Sacred Heart Education, and the life of St Philippine Duchesne.
Have you thought about giving up carbon consumption for Lent? This Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar 2013 from the CLRI NSW Social Justice Committee provides an action idea for each day of Lent. Participation in the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes New South Wales Social Justice Committee is one of the ways in which the Society of the Sacred Heart in Australia and New Zealand pursues the international priority of justice, peace and the integrity of creation.