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Why Fast?

September 2, Friday,22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Daily readings: 1Corinthians 4: 1-5 & Luke 5:33-39

“Why is it that Your disciples eat and drink?”

Fasting for fasting’s sake is no benefit for the soul. Fasting undertaken for selfish goals is harmful. When one fasts for the right purposes and with the right spirit, one knows when to begin and end. Here are some insights from Mahatma Gandhi, who defined fasting as satyagraha (holding on to truth):

“Fasting and prayer, therefore, are the most effective processes of purification, and that which purifies necessarily enables us the better to do our duty and to attain our goal. If, therefore, fasting and prayer seem not to answer, it is not because there is nothing in them but because the right spirit is not behind them. There is no prayer without fasting, taking fasting in its broadest sense.

A complete fast is a complete and literal denial of self. It is the truest prayer. Take my life and let it be always, only, all for Thee’ is not, should not be, a mere lip or figurative expression.
Do I develop spiritual strength and resist temptation when I fast, or is it merely a purpose of self-gratification?


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