Brothers and sisters:
I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh.
The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.
For I do not do the good I want,
but I do the evil I do not want. Roman 7:18
As mentioned a few days ago, we all have the tendency to sin. Sin can be so alluring, especially in the beginning. With sin, we have that temporary pleasure, but when we give in to temptation, we learn by experience that the sin only gets worse, not better.
This is why fasting is one of the best remedies to every sin and addiction. Practicing self-control gives us the strength to have self-control in all areas of our lives. Because fasting invites the Holy Spirit into our hearts, we can become stronger in resisting sin. When we are striving to live a life of virtue, we automatically become more joyful.
Here are just a few letters from some of our community members regarding fasting and the tendency to sin:
I have struggled with addictions my entire life. Over the years by the grace of God I have been able to beat all of my addictions with the exception of one: an addiction to lust and pornography. I had just about given up and then I heard your message on the radio. I have fasted now for about 30 days on Wednesdays and Fridays and have avoided all temptations. You are impacting souls. Thank you for listening to His call! (Keith)
When I started fasting, everything came alive to me. The colors were more vivid, the truths of the Catholic Church were so obvious that I wept that I did not see them previously. I wanted everyone to experience the joy and love I felt and to fall in love with Jesus in the Eucharist. Fasting has opened my spiritual eyes. (Marion)
Today, let us pray and fast for all the community intentions, for healing of those who are living a life of sin, and for freedom for those enslaved.
Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!