“I am very familiar with the call to fast, and have resisted it with many lame excuses. Being introduced to Live the Fast has not only challenged me to embrace the call to fast, but has equipped me with the perfect resources to sustain and encourage me in my efforts to fast.
Fasting has been an unexpected gift in my life, and when I have embraced it, I am profoundly moved and empowered to Live the Faith with great zeal for my Father’s house.”
—Fr. Matt Williams, Boston, MA
“It [fasting] is in the first place therapy to heal all that prevents them from conformity to the will of God,” said Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus in his 2009 Ash Wednesday message. “This practice needs to be rediscovered and encouraged again in our day.” (Complete 2009 Lenten message here.)