Thursday, February 7, 2013

An "Energy Fast" during Lent

Thanks to the St. Francis Pledge Team at St. Monica-St. George Church in Cincinnati for the "Franciscan Lenten Energy Fast" calendar.

"Fasting" is a common theme of Lent.  There are many ways to fast.  Fasting can involve giving up something or it can invite us to take on something.  The prophet Isaiah (58:6-8) spells this out for us:

"This, rather, is the fasting I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke: setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke, sharing bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them and not turning your back on your own."

This year a St. Francis Pledge Team in Cincinnati is gifting us with an opportunity to walk in the footprints of Jesus, as St. Francis did, in our daily life choices and actions.  The Franciscan Lenten Energy Fast Calendar will take a section of the "Canticle of the Creatures each week and focus on it for the Lenten fast.

CLICK HERE for the Franciscan Lenten Energy Fast Calendar


  1. While I was scrolling down the website I came across this article and I've always wondered what fasting was. After reading the prophet Isaiah 58:6-8 I began to truly take a true definition and understanding of what it means to fast. I think that it is great that there is a website on the internet that can give you insightful information, along with a spiritual connection through the internet of persons from around the world.

  2. For over 35 years we have been having prayer for creation and a blessing of the animals on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The news usually covers this. I am grateful for the coverage, but at the same time, I am disappointed that the news basically focuses on "cute animals," instead of the serious issues, such as, climate change and violence that we include in the service. May we learn not only to love cute animals, but to be actively and passionately involved caring for creation and all creatures.

  3. Energy consumption is an important issue in the world today.