Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 37! Tick Tock! Tick Tock!

Hey! We are almost there!!
Remind me not to fast during the coldest days of the year!!  Man! It is cold out there!  The wind has been blowing so hard, the flashing on our roof has blown loose! It sounds like an airplane taking off and landing!
I know I should not complain as so many friends and family are still digging their way out their front doors. But what the heck? Complaining can be fun!

Can I confess?  I am really looking forward to a juicy steak!! Beef!!!!!

This desire to feast has me thinking about the power of fasting and feasting. I found this awesome post  on:  http://www.catholicweekly.com.au/03/mar/23/17.html

• 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 discouragements; 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 undergirds.
Reprinted from Marist Messenger, March 2003

I am going to meditate on these beautiful principles from now until Easter.  Hope they bless you as well!
Let me hear from any of you if you have any to add to the list! 

Blessings to you, my friends! Anna Marie