Pope Francis on Lenten Fasting

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 trust in God
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
Fast from pressures and be prayerful
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
Faster from selfishness and be compassionate to others
Fast from grudges and be reconciled
Fast from words and be silent—so you can listen.


  1. Pope Francis reminds us that fasting isn’t meager meals or cod dinners. Fasting is the strengthening of the Body of Christ through the way sisters and brothers regard one another.

    ad multos annos, Papa Franciscus. Long may you serve, our Good Pope Francis!

    1. FWIW, I checked his Lenten message for 2017 and his homilies on fasting around the beginning of Lent, and couldn’t find it. It certainly made the rounds that week, but with no actual sourcing other than a compilation by pietrafitness.com (which site has been redesigned and I can’t locate that list via Wayback Machine).

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