Thursday, April 9, 2015

46 soups + 89 acts of generousity = Alleluia!

On Easter Sunday morning Ryan Worms and I completed our 46 day Lenten fast for Development and Peace - our contribution to D&P's annual ShareLent campaign to raise funds for it's mission.

I am grateful to the Catholic Register for publishing a reflection I wrote about the experience. Now that the fast is broken, I offer a few more words here on the Muse.

My wonderful wife Joanna (who was the first to sponsor me in the fast, of course) is Polish. In the Polish tradition Easter breakfast is one of special foods that are taken in a basket to be blessed at the Church on Easter Saturday. After greeting the Easter dawn down by the lake, we returned home and I broke the fast with wife and children as we shared an egg from that sacred meal together - a symbol of new life. As I did, my thoughts were with with many.

First, they were with Ryan, with whom I fasted. Believe it or not, we did not get to share a single soup together in person through the whole thing. On Holy Thursday though, we did a 'Skype Soup' as we remembered the last supper of our Lord. And of course, we talked shop over our french onions soups (he being, being french, had one infinitely better than my own feeble attempt!)

Second they were with all those we were fasting for. In particular this year, I thought of the people of Colombia (from the visit of Fr. Alberto) and the people of Syria - my heart being broken to tears most recently by 4 year old Hudea from the Atmeh  refugee camp.  

Finally, in a very special way, my thoughts were with the 89 people who supported the fast with donations - 89 acts of generousity.  At the Easter Vigil we break the silence of lent and sing Alleluia for the first time to greet the Risen Christ. You, the 89, were the Alleluia in my heart this Easter. Connecting with people was a special part of the fast for me - writing, begging, praying, thanking.  Yes, my heart would always leap whenever the email notifications would come in, "From: Development and Peace Subject: On-Line Contribution." I am so so grateful to all of you who helped me to not only reach my personal goal of $5000 but blow way past it to over $6000! I am happy to say that between the two of us, Ryan and I surpassed our combined goal of $10,000.  When one considers those who became monthly donors, that amount is amplified even more!

All in all my diet of 46 soups resulted in me losing between 30-35lbs (see the soup album here) . What was gained by the fast far outweighs the loss though. Going without brings things into focus. My heart has been even more finely tuned to the mission we proclaim as Development and Peace - that the Risen Christ offers hope for a broken world and that life is stronger than death. Alleluia!

breaking the fast!

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