So I think six months on, almost literally to the day of the first Friday Fast on October 16th 2014, it might be useful to explain the rationale of the weekly offering.
- It’s called the ‘Friday F.A.S.T’ so as to be a helpful play on words in that what I hope is a little practical inspiration towards the end of a demanding working week for most people, and to give a little spiritual spring in the step to enter the weekend and Sabbath.
- It’s hopefully FAST to read and take in, thereby being a little ‘fast’ from other media and demands on our attention whilst one is digesting its content.
- It’s F-amily A-ctions S-pirituality T-houghts. It is about taking what can often be dense or complex theological teachings and insights about marriage and family and putting it in more accessible language or imagery for anyone who hasn’t studied the theology or even for those who have to apply that teaching, doctrine or insight in their own lives.
So when I speak of the weekly ‘digest’ and reflection as being something that can hopefully be ‘digested’ quickly, the metaphor of eating and nutrition is deliberate, as St. Paul says, to ‘fill your minds with everything that is noble pure and holy.’ “We are what we eat” as the exhortation to watch our consumption and dietary needs says! Likewise in this world and cultural atmosphere of so much confusion about moral truth and virtue, vigilance and prudence on what feeds our minds and our souls is equally and, indeed, more important in one sense. So, God willing, the ingredients of this spiritual sandwich with the ‘bread’ of the synods beneath and above, is building up to be rich in flavour and aroma. And let’s not forget that just before the next slice of bread of the Ordinary Synod is placed on top of this ‘sandwich’ in October, the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September will act as final layer of the ingredients that I will include. For I will be there in person, and will be able to give you news, views and first-hand witness of what I know will be incredible graces and blessings for the whole Church and which I will be privileged and honoured to share with you in my own imperfect and idiosyncratic way. April is the month of the Holy Spirit, so in these days leading up to the great Feast of Pentecost on the 24th May, let us entrust this mid-way point of the Friday FAST to the Holy Spirit and indeed all our loved ones too, so that His breath of wisdom and life-giving love and mercy truly permeates this little contribution to the New Evangelisation.
– Edmund Adamus
Director, Office of Marriage and Family Life – Diocese of Westminster