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The Greatness Of Fasting


Reflection on Mass Reading for February 19, 2021

“The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” We had now arrived at the First Friday of Lent, where we are reminded of that particular Friday when Jesus gave us His entire being on the cross for our salvation and eternal happiness. We are also reminded of the call to fast and go without strengthening our resolve and our wish to be holy and ever so close to the Lord. Here we can visualize and follow the radical connection between the paths of Lent by which we are made wondrously ready for Easter.

“Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed.” Fasting assists our prayer life by helping us focus on the things in life that matter starting with our relationship with God and spreading into our dealings with one another. This supports our prayer life, which in turn feeds our desire to do good and avoid the near temptation of sin that we may grow in holiness and deep and lasting friendships in this life. What we know by now is certain: we cannot do this alone, and we need Jesus and each other to make or break this Lent.

“Only in eternity shall we see the beauty of the soul, and only then shall we realize what great things were accomplished by interior suffering.” Mother Angelica

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