“…You should know how to behave in the household of God,
which is the Church of the living God,
the pillar and foundation of truth.”
1 Tim 3:14
The Catholic Church is one of the few Christian churches that obligates its members to fast (on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.) And while it’s a good thing that Catholics are required to fast on two days, it’s so much better to extend our time of fasting to the whole year. Why?
- Fasting opens up our hearts to conversion
- Fasting gives weight to our prayer intentions
- Fasting strengthens us in resisting temptations
- Fasting and prayer promote peace in our hearts and peace with one another
- Fasting teaches us the difference between “wanting” and “needing”
- Fasting reminds us of the plight of the poor and for many in the world who are perpetually hungry
- Fasting and prayer can free us from addictive behavior
- “Fasting will lead us to a new freedom of heart and mind.” — Fr. Slavko Barbaric O.F.M
- Fasting invites the Holy Spirit in to heal our hearts, our relationship with God and our relationship with others
When we know the benefits of fasting, why wouldn’t we want to fast more than is required of us? Keep fasting and keep praying. Our souls need it and our world needs it!
Today let us fast and pray for all the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, for peace, for the community intentions and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Holy Mary, pray for us! Holy Spirit, teach us to pray!