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Fasting and Being a Good Example

“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.”  Mark 6: 5-6

A quote attributable to St. Francis is, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”  Example is the best way to evangelize and to preach the gospel.

Many of us may have the experience of trying to preach the gospel to our relatives and friends. Perhaps we have tried to share the benefits of fasting. But as Jesus says in the gospel reading above, “a prophet is not without honor except in his native place.”   Friends and relatives may not be open to what we have to say. Being the best example we can be is an excellent way to evangelize and preach the gospel.

Sometimes we need to step back and give our relatives space and time.   Sometimes we even need to step back and give ourselves space and time. It’s not always easy to fast, or to live a virtuous life, especially since the rest of the world seems to embrace immorality.  Fasting can help us to live a more virtuous life.

Be the best example you can be. Keep fasting, keep trying.  Fasting on healthy non-GMO breads (like the ones that Live the Fast produces) are the best breads to fast with.

Today, let us pray and fast for all the community intentions, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and for all the poor and perpetually hungry.

Holy Mary, pray for us!  Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!  St. John Bosco, pray for us!


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