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The poem below, offers food for thought for our spiritual growth.

Is this a Fast, to keep
The larder lean
And clean
From fat of veals and sheep?

Is it to quit the dish
Of flesh, and still
To fill
The platter high with fish?

Is it to fast an hour
Or ragg’d to go
Or show
A down-cast look and sour?

No: ’tis a fast to dole
Thy sheaf of wheat
And meat
Unto the hungry soul.

It is to fast from strife
And old debate,
And hate;
To circumcise thy life.

To show a heart grief-rent;
To starve thy sin.
Not bin;
And that’s to keep thy Lent.

Odile Saint-Pierre, sjsh

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