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Toffee for Lent #1 March 7, 2018

Posted by P, J, or J in Uncategorized.

toffee4lentA little while ago (first Sunday of Lent) I had a bright idea. Instead of giving stuff up (eg Facebook or chocolate) why not do something for Lent (eg buy a bag of toffees).

The idea wasn’t just about eating sweets but about providing myself a deliberate small window in the day for a little extra reflection

As part of the sermon that Sunday the preacher shared these few words

  • 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.

Googling later I discovered that they came from Pope Francis in a Lent message in 2017.

I didn’t jot them down at the time but even before I bought my bag of toffees I googled and found the rest.

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


There’s some good stuff there. You could simply reflect on each for a few days or perhaps write a few more of your own.


Fast from froth and seek depth

Fast from platitudes and speak truth

Fast from overhearing and start listening

Fast from chocolate and eat toffee

Fast from dwelling on stuff and meditate on truth


Today’s toffee is finished. I won’t blog each day (I haven’t so far). But I might do a couple more before Easter.


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