Fasting is Good for Christian Stewards

posted Mar 22, 2012, 12:10 PM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Mar 22, 2012, 12:11 PM ]
Fasting increases our sense of gratitude. We celebrate the blessing of food as coming from the 
Lord. Our denial of food for a time serves to keep us all the more aware of this essential gift. Moreover, how can we not be grateful when we end our fast? Tasting food again serves to celebrate our discipline, persistence and commitment to prayer during a fast. Fasting speeds up our journey to self-discovery. We are creatures of habit, and eating is a habit.
When we fast, it jostles our daily routine. It messes up our schedule. This becomes a perfect time to reflect on our routines and how we want our lives to move forward in a positive manner. Take time ordinarily spent on eating to write a reflection, meditate or engage in some other form of reflection Fasting helps condition us to meet our spiritual goals. How many times do we set goals and fail to meet them? The habit of fasting will help us set a goal and exercise control over a habit in order to meet that goal. The discipline of fasting encourages us to see that we can attain our goals and helps condition us to succeed at the next goal we set. Catholics are called to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and during the Fridays in Lent. Additionally, we are asked to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting consists of one full meatless meal and other limited meatless meals as required to maintain strength. The young, the elderly and those with health issues are not required to fast. The discipline of fasting and abstinence should always be approached in a spirit of prayer and with the goal of making a sacrifice in order to draw closer to the Lord.