Friday after Ash Wednesday
Today we are reminded
of the practice of fasting on Fridays during Lent. Read
on why we fast on Fridays in the weeks leading up to Easter
Pope Francis said of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, "All three exclude the need for appearances: what counts is
not appearances; the value of life does not depend on the approval of others or
on success, but on what we have inside us."
—Ash Wednesday Homily, 2014
"Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation:
you make us hunger and thirst for holiness.
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation:
you call us to true fasting:
to set free the oppressed,
to share our bread with the hungry,
to shelter the homeless and to clothe the naked."
Blessings and Prayers, 96
Many often choose
something to give up during all of Lent—not just on Fridays—as a way of
fasting. Practice self-discipline and choose something to refrain from until
Easter. Challenge yourself!