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Lent calendar - 23 February

James, Cynthia and their son, Messi, on the beach in Liberia. They now eat good food and can plan for the future.

If your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:20

We are reminded again today that our actions are important. It is not enough to say we believe, if we do not also show our beliefs by the way we live our lives. God does not judge us as other humans do. God knows what is truly in our hearts.

We are called to act justly towards one another, to ensure that everyone has a fair share of God’s gifts and to forgive one another for the times that we have got it wrong.

We think especially today, on Family Fast Day, of our brothers and sisters throughout the world who face poverty and injustice. If we are eating more simply than usual on this day, our own hunger reminds us of the hunger faced by too many other people throughout our world.

Let us consider how we can put our faith into action as we go through our daily lives.


God of life, lead us to follow you, to play our part in sharing your gifts with each other, so that all your people throughout the world may look to the future with hope. Amen.


If you are able, support Family Fast Day by eating more simply today and donate the money that you save to our Lent appeal.