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Fasting and Suffering Without Complaint

Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another,
that you may not be judged. James 5:9

Here in North America, most of us are accustomed to getting our way. Many of us always have enough to eat, a roof over our heads and all the comforts of life.

Even so, it is hard to fast, even if we’ve been fasting for years. Some of us may get occasional headaches from fasting. Some may not feel well while fasting. Listen to your body and eat a bit more on those days. There’s no shame in eating a bit more food if your body needs it.

As the Scripture reading above tells us, resist the urge to complain.

Remember Christ, who suffered so much for us and yet never complained.

Try this challenge: refrain from complaining about anything for at least one day. If you get a paper cut, resist the urge to complain. If you come down with a cold, resist the urge to complain. Anything that happens that makes your day a bit more difficult, resist the urge to complain.

Whenever you are suffering, do your best to offer up your suffering and sacrifice without complaint. It’s not easy, so attending Daily Mass, reciting the daily Rosary and a rich prayer life will assist us with the graces we need to improve.

With each day’s success, add more days. Once you become accustomed to not complaining, it will be easier not to complain on fasting days.

Today, when we fast, let us remember all those who are perpetually hungry, who are homeless and who don’t have the simple comforts of life.

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


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