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Fasting and Mercy

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.

Psalm 51

God’s mercy is always available and ready whenever we need it. As God is merciful, so we should be merciful and forgiving: “In Jesus crucified, God shows his desire to draw near to sinners, however far they may have strayed from him. In this way he hopes to soften the hardened heart of his Bride.”

This is where fasting can truly be a work of mercy (pray for the living and the dead). When we fast, we pray and fast for intentions, for the community intentions and for others who need our prayers. Fasting gives weight to our prayers, especially when all the members of the Live the Fast community are praying for those intentions. There is strength in numbers!

The Church calls us to be merciful and forgiving, this means we ought to be merciful and forgiving to everyone, not just to those who want forgiveness, and not just to those who are “easy” to forgive. If you have a difficult time forgiving someone, pray and fast for them. Ask for God’s grace to help you to forgive and show mercy.  Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for those you have a hard time forgiving.

Today, when we fast and pray, let us do so for all the people in our lives we have a hard time forgiving. Let us pray and fast for all the community intentions.

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


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