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Sowing seeds: Be a glutton for grace

Stewardship “may require adjusting the family’s own patterns of consumption and its lifestyle, including the use of television and other media which sometimes preach values in conflict with the mind of Christ.”
—Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response
U.S. Catholic bishops’ stewardship pastoral

During Lent, we Catholics pay more attention to our diets because we are required to fast on certain days and to abstain from meat on others. We also do well to pay attention to our spiritual diets. Just as junk food proves unhealthy for our bodies, certain lifestyle patterns prove unhealthy for our spirits seeking the mind of Christ.

This Lent, examine your patterns of consumption. • Fast from fast food; feast on healthful home-cooked meals. • Fast from computer/video games; feast on spiritual reading. • Fast from consumerism; feast on almsgiving. • Fast from criticism; feast on praise. • Fast from television; feast on quiet. • Fast from gossip; feast on goodwill. • Fast from rushing; feast on slowing down. • Fast from multitasking; feast on focusing.
• Fast from cruelty; feast on kindness. • Fast from doubt; feast on faith. • Fast from cynicism; feast on hope.

How will you fast this Lenten season? What unhealthy appetites persist in your spiritual life? Do you, as the beatitudes teach, “hunger and thirst for justice”?

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