“One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Matt 4:4B)
How can fasting help us to embrace the message that “one does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God?”
The self-denial of fasting helps us to increase in virtue so that we can better follow the Word of God. Fasting opens our hearts to conversion. Fasting gives weight to our prayer intentions. When we fast for others, we are the Good Samaritan and St. Simon to those in need. Fasting invites the Holy Spirit into our hearts and souls. Fasting for those who have hurt us helps us to forgive them.
If you would like to add more prayer to your fasting days, an ideal way to do so would be to recite the Chaplet of the Holy Fast. To find out how to recite the chaplet, check out the information here on our website.
When we embrace self-denial, then we embrace our sacrifices and sufferings. When we can see the joy of self-denial, penance is no longer a burden. On the contrary, it leads to a more joyful, fuller life in Christ.
Today let us fast and pray for all the community prayer intentions, for the Holy Father and for the conversion of sinners.
Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!