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Fasting and Jesus’ Example

Jesus said, You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. Luke 21:18

In our current culture of death and sin, it’s not easy being a Catholic and all that it stands for.

What does it mean to be “hated” because of Jesus’ name? Millions of Christians in the Middle East have undergone persecution and martyrdom for the faith.

It also might involve being on the receiving end of insults, curse words or even violence. Many of us have prayed at abortion clinics, walked in pro-life marches or participated in prayer vigils where those who “hate” what we stand for throw insults, eggs or even rocks.

Our soul, the part of us that will live on in eternity, is an essential part of who we are. It’s important that we keep it in excellent spiritual condition (in the state of grace) because none of us know when we will enter eternity. And our soul can never been hurt by hate or the insults or even violence. In fact, in many cases, souls are converting to Christianity because they’ve seen hate, insults or violence from others.

So how are we supposed to act when those who are insulting or cursing at us? How did Jesus act? He said nothing. He did nothing. Jesus didn’t even try to get out of the way when He was being scourged at the pillar or mocked when they crowned Him with a crown of thorns.

Prayer and fasting as a team are one of the most effective ways to keep our souls in excellent spiritual condition. Fasting opens up our hearts to the Holy Spirit and helps us to increase in virtue. Fasting for others helps us to be selfless.

As we approach Advent, let us keep fasting and praying. Today let’s pray and fast for all the persecuted Christians in the Middle East, for all the community intentions and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray! Holy Souls in Purgatory, pray for us!

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