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Fasting and the Freedom to Choose The Good

Desire therefore my words;
long for them and you shall be instructed. Wisdom 6:11

When we fast on a regular basis, there are so many spiritual and physical benefits.

Fasting opens up our hearts to conversion and strengthens us in resisting temptations. Fasting leads us to a new freedom of heart and mind. Freedom doesn’t mean the ability to do whatever we want. Freedom means the ability to choose the good in every situation. Because fasting invites the Holy Spirit in to heal our hearts and our relationship with God and others, when we fast, we WANT to choose the good in every situation. When we fast and practice self-denial, we naturally increase in virtue.

Fasting frees us from addictive behavior. Addicts will probably tell you that they are slaves to their addictions. They are not free to choose the good because they are addicted. From emails that we have received, the regular practice of fasting helps people who are addicted to drugs, alcohol or pornography because they are choosing the self-denial of fasting.

Today, when we fast and pray, let us do so for all victims of violence, the community intentions, for those who are slaves to their addictions 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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