The Fellowship of Life
In the past, Lent has been associated with a period of self-sacrifice
in pursuit of a more ascetic Christian way. More recently, the emphasis
has become orientated towards a practical, outward witness, bringing
positive benefits to others.
May we introduce you to the concept that seeks to reconcile these very two virtues!
The Veg4Lent 2002 initiative invites fellow Christians to extend the
principles of Love, Mercy and Reverence, towards the two million animals
otherwise killed daily in the U.K. The reality of such 'food production'
entails a very real and violent form of oppression, on a truly vast
scale. Yet, is this avoidable and gruesome scenario one which an
awakened Christian conscience should seek to countenance, let alone
There exists a more peaceable way.
We can live healthier and more spiritually consistent lives, in
foresaking an acquired taste for meat. Our very lifestyles combine to
perpetuate healing or harm, depending on the ethical choices we make.
Let Lent herald a more contemplative Christian presence in the created
A world originally intended by God, envisaged by the prophets and for which we pray.
Return to Lenten letters (2001-04)
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