I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Anxiety, worry and fear run rampant in today’s society. St. Padre Pio once said, “Pray, hope and don’t worry.” That’s easier said than done. But St. Pio is absolutely correct.
When we are tempted to worry about a loved one, pray (and fast) for peace of mind and pray (and fast) for the loved one. Worrying will not change anything.
Addictions are also widespread these days: internet pornography, alcohol, gambling and drugs are just a few of the addictions.
We are all flawed human beings with a tendency to sin. Because fasting helps us to increase in virtue, fasting can also help us to increase in courage. And don’t we all need extra courage these days? We need courage to defend our faith to loved ones who have fallen away from the faith. We need courage to be the best example we can be to all those around us (even when it is hard to do).
Because the regular practice of fasting can help us increase in virtue and self-control, many people have been able to get rid of addictions.
Today let us pray and fast for all the community intentions, for those who suffer from anxiety, worry and fear, and for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!