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Fasting and Mary’s Fiat

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Without Mary’s “Yes,” Our Savior would’ve never been able to save and redeem us. Our Lady’s role was essential in the salvation of mankind.

What about our fiat? Each one of us makes the decision every day to say yes or no to God’s will in our lives. What can we do to ensure that we will say yes to God’s will in our lives?

Attending Mass, going to Adoration, the sacraments, reciting the Rosary and daily prayers — all these practices give us the grace to say yes to God on a daily basis. Fasting is also a spiritual practice that gives us the strength and grace to do God’s will and to accept our fiat every day, especially during this beautiful season of Advent when we are preparing our hearts to celebrate the birth of Our Savior.

This is a challenging time of year to fast. Because the bulk of our society begins celebrating Christmas before Advent, it’s difficult to say no to cookies and treats on days we are fasting.

Don’t give up!! Fasting is a powerful spiritual practice! Fasting opens our hearts to conversion, gives weight to our prayer intentions and strengthens us in resisting temptations. Fasting and prayer promote peace in our hearts and peace with one another. Fasting teaches us the difference between wanting and needing and helps us to remember the plight of the poor and perpetually hungry. Fasting helps us to say yes to God’s will every day of our life.

Let us pray and fast today for all the community intentions, for all persecuted Christians and for the elderly and lonely.

Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!

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