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Fasting Helps Us Shine Like Lights

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Shine like lights in the world,
as you hold on to the word of life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Have you ever met a person who was so joyful, they shined? And because they were so joyful, you wanted to be with them all the time? The Gospel acclamation above encourages us to “shine like lights.”

We live in a society of overconsumption and materialism. How often during a normal day do we eat because we are bored? Fasting helps us to distinguish between a want and a need. By depriving ourselves of the food that we enjoy on a regular basis, we can grow in virtue and holiness and thereby shine like lights to others.

Admittedly, many of us do not “shine” with joy on fasting days. Perhaps we can be a bit grumpy when our stomachs are empty. Attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist (daily, if possible) give us the grace to have a joyful and successful fast. In the afternoon, when our stomach is crying out for food, go to a quiet place and pray. Prayer is an integral part of our fasting routine.

When we are following God’s laws and open to the graces of the sacraments, we can’t help but “shine” and be joyful.

Today, let us pray and fast for all those who are depressed, lonely and without faith. Let us pray and fast for all the community prayer intentions and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

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


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