Carbon Fast for Lent
Lent is a time to draw connections between our spirituality and the ecology around us, so says, Brendan McManus SJ, who has been exploring meaningful ways in which to make a difference this Lent. After some searching, he came across the idea of a carbon fast for Lent. However he says that the most important thing is to tune into how God can work through us to transform us.
Explaining how Pope Francis quotes Amos saying “what I want is mercy not sacrifice”, he says that we must not focus on our own effort but from coming from a position of poverty and humility that lets God in. Adding that the most urgent messaging reaching us now is the cry of the earth, encapsulated in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ – that the Holy Spirit is speaking to this need.
In this first of a two part series, he looks at the sacrifice involved in making the choice for a more environmental Lent and acknowledges that it can be hard. However he says that doing what God wants brings its own courage and grace that allows us to go beyond our normal selves.
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