Skip to comments.Carbon Fast' An Option For Observers Of Lent
Posted on 02/16/2010 4:10:25 AM PST by raybbr
Frankly, some people may be tired of giving up chocolate, vodka, fried chicken or poker for the 40 days of Lent.
But sacrificing a lightbulb, or higher temperature on the thermostat? Maybe finally spurning plastic bags for reusable organic cotton totes? As many of the Christian faith begin Lent on Wednesday, one option the "carbon fast" could be as basic as unplugging your cellphone charger when not in use.
Repentance, reflection and self-discipline are supposed to be observed during Lent, which symbolizes the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert and resisted Satan's temptations, as described in the Bible.
Among some worshipers, Lent also is known as the time "to beat yourself up" before Easter, rather than a season to "take stock with what you're doing with your life and make positive changes," said the Rev. Jane White-Hassler, a priest at Grace Episcopal Church in Newington.
A green Lent could mean "thinking about the environment and doing things to save it for yourself and those who come after us," said White-Hassler, whose church possesses the mind-set year-round. Since the summer, Grace Episcopal has been undergoing eco-friendly renovations and is considering solar panels.
The practice of a carbon fast for Lent has been talked about in Christian circles since at least 2008, when the Church of England suggested shrinking one's carbon footprint and provided a list of 40 green actions, one for each day of Lent. ("Day one, Ash Wednesday: Remove one lightbulb and live without it for the next 40 days.")
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This is sickening.
What we really should be reducing is the government’s footprint.
Thanks for your work in finding these. Yes, this is nauseating.
Maybe they should stop emitting carbon dioxide.;)
For lent I am going to fill my 99 Durango 4X4 and drive down to warmer climes for a few weeks....once in Florida I plan of celebrating algore by lighting a big smudge pot fire with lots of Gasoline, and old tires in a 55 gallon drum....
“a green Lent”....
Words just escape me at the moment...
BTW-thanx for posting this....Mother Angelica is probably already fuming...I miss her. (still watch her re-runs, but she would have been LIVID with all of this stuff!)
Nothing could stir the fury of my sixth-grade nun more than a ridiculous suggestion for penance during observance of Lent.
See?! Global warming is a religion.
I’m not Catholic, but I love Mother Angelica. I find her so reassuring and soothing. The reruns of her show have really helped to strengthen my faith.
She is like medicine for me...like you, she has helped me thru some difficult ‘why me’ times which tested my faith. And her simple explainations are just glorious because they are so-simple!
She is a national treasure and I hope one day is made a Saint for all that she has done.
I highly recommend her books; you can read them over and over-very comforting.
You're welcome. I didn't set out to find them - they just happened to be on the news list at myYahoo page.
It is quite nauseating to see churches bastardized in this way.
Wrong liturgical color, besides being just wrong!
I’m leaving my car running in the driveway, overnight!
It’s been cold here!
Isn’t this from the same crowd who is always screaming about ‘separation of church and state’?
To me, it’s downright sinful to believe that we are so powerful that we could make or break God’s miraculous creation merely due to a byproduct of our existence.
This comes a little late as the global warming hoax has been found out, abandoned by its progenitors and collapsed around their ears.
All we have left is deniers. Milliojs of them.
I promise to think about the Church of Enghland every time I flush the toilet for the next 40 days
Maybe they could just fast from exhaling carbon dioxide for 40 days ---
("Day one, Ash Wednesday:
Forget the ash, just slap a bean sprout up there.
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