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Saints Who Fasted

We hope you’ll be inspired as you learn about saints who fasted! Pray for their intercession (especially on fast days) and send us an email if you come across a saint who fasted and isn’t featured!

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St. Augustine

Feast Day: 28 August

Dates: 13 November 354 – 28 August 430

Patron Saint of: Brewers

Words on Fasting:
“Fasting purifies the soul. It lifts up the mind, and it brings the body into subjection to the spirit. It makes the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of desire, puts out the flames of lust and enkindles the true light of chastity.” 

St. John Chrysostom

Feast day: September 13

Dates: 347-407

Patron Saint of: Orators, Speakers, Preachers

Words on Fasting: 
“Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works…Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice. Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin. Let the eye fast, by disciplining them not to glare at that which is sinful. Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip. Let the mouth fast from foul words and criticism. For what good is it if we abstain from fowl and fishes, but bite and devour one another?”

St. Faustina Kowalska

Feast Day: October 5

25 August 1905 – 5 October 1938

Patron Saint of: World Youth Day

Words of Fasting:
“On three days a week, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, there will be a strict fast [on bread and water]…During the two great fasts, ember days and vigils, the food will consist of a piece of bread and some water, once a day.” 

St. Peter Chrysologus

Feast Day: July 30

380 – 31 July 450

Patron Saint of: Homilies

Words on Fasting:
“Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. When you fast, see the fasting of others.”

St. Thomas Aquinas

Feast Day: January 28

Born: 28 January 1225 – 7 March 1274

Patron of: Academics

Words on Fasting: 
“I respond, an action is virtuous due to its being directed by reason to a noble good. And this is true of fasting. For we fast for three purposes:  to restrain the desires of the flesh;  to raise the mind to contemplate sublime things;  to make satisfaction for our sins. These are good and noble things, and so fasting is virtuous.”

St. Francis De Sales

Feast Day: January 24

Dates: 21 August 1567 – 28 December 1622

Patron Saint of: Writers and journalists

Words on Fasting: 
“Concerning the spiritual fruits of fasting and the conditions which make fasting pleasing to God: fasting universally, with all the senses and with the understanding, memory, and the appetites of the will how completely the primitive Christians fasted, fasting through humility rather than through vanity, fasting through obedience rather than through self-will..” 

St. Thomas More

Feast Day: June 22nd

7 February 1478 – 6 July 1535

Patron Saint of: Lawyers

Words on Fasting:
“The scripture is full of places that prove fasting to be not the invention of man but the institution of God, and to have many more profits than one. And that the fasting of one man may do good unto another, our Savior showeth himself where he saith that some kind of devils cannot be cast out of one man by another “without prayer and fasting.”” 

St. Alphonsus De Ligouri

Feast Day: August 1

27 September 1696 – 1 August 1787

Patron Saint of: Theologians and vocations

Words on Fasting:
“God has given us the goods of the earth, not only that we may enjoy them, but also that we may have the means of … showing him our love by the voluntary renunciation of his gifts, and by the oblation of them to his glory. To abandon, for God’s sake, all worldly enjoyments, has always been the practice of holy souls.”

Other Saints who Fasted:

St. Aloysius Gonzaga
St. Anna
St. Anthony
St. Basil
St. Benedict
St. Catharine of Sienna
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
St. Felix
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Fulgentius of Ruspe
St. Genevieve
St. Gertrude
St. Gregory
St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. John Francis Regis
St. Nicholas von Flue
St. Padre Pio
St. Paul
St. Rita of Cascia
St. Teresa

St. Jean Vianney

St. Martin de Porres

St. Seraphim of Sarov (Russian Orthodox)

St. Teresa of Avila

Blessed Margaret of Castello



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