Click here to register to receive daily inspirational messages to improve the health of body, mind and soul this Lenten Season. “Faith Fit” inspirational messages are from Bishop John Noonan and the Diocese of Orlando. For more information, visit, www.befaithfit.org. Click here for the flyer.
During the Season of Lent, the Diocese of Orlando is helping Catholics become faith fit. Bishop John Noonan is inviting Catholics to sign up for daily inspirational messages to improve the health of their body, mind and soul.
The messages are also found on the Faith Fit app, which includes prayer podcasts and the ability to schedule prayer reminders. The app is available as a free download from goolge and apple stores.
The intent is to offer the faithful another means of coming closer to God – mind, body and soul – during their Lenten journeys.
Peterson said the app has been well received with more than 1,600 subscribers thus far. Kathy Anez, business manager at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Apopka, is one of those subscribers.
“I use the activity tracker whenever I go to the gym to keep track of my walking and running,” said Anez, “Having the tracker gives me that extra motivation, the urge to meet my goals. It helps me feel accomplished as I see progress being made.”
Anez also uses the app for the daily inspirations and prayers. She said having a summary of the day’s Gospel as well as thoughts on how to apply its teachings in her everyday life at her fingertips feeds her mind and soul.
“I enjoy the daily inspirations and prayers, and the fitness tracker is an added bonus,” Anez said. “I was reflecting the other day and thought, if Jesus Christ dwells in us, we should do the best we can to take care of our bodies physically, spiritually and emotionally. The Faith Fit app offers a well-rounded look at all three. I enjoy the app and look forward to the daily inspirations and prayers, especially during Lent.”
The Faith Fit app was released last fall. It was developed by the Diocese of Orlando when the Diocese was searching for information to provide employees to help them to live healthier lives so they could better minister to God’s people.
“It was not possible to find an integrated teaching tool from a Catholic perspective,” said Teresa Peterson, director of communications. “So we developed it ourselves.”
The app offers prayers, health tips and catechetical information about the human person, the value of human life and the wholeness of each person that God intends for humankind. There is a daily inspirational message for individuals to reflect upon and take action on. There is also the ability to enter and track activity and weight goals as well as a “prayer note” feature so people can write prayer reminders as well as prayer podcasts to inspire a more robust prayer life.
Bishop Noonan often teaches about the human body as a temple of the Holy Spirit and references 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”
“We are made in the image and likeness of the Lord,” Bishop Noonan said. “He has given us a body which we call the temple of the Holy Spirit, so there is a natural connection between body and soul. We are called to take care of that temple.”