I might be the last person you expect to give some reflection on fasting. It is clear that fasting is not one of my strength, but I am working on it. At a recent retreat at meal time we receive what most people would consider a normal meal such as; a tuna fish sandwich, 10 string beans and a cup of fruit. I said to a fellow priest, “This is what normal people eat.” It was a reminder of my need to temper my appetite for food.
Fasting was consider a charism in the early church. One early church father said that the Holy Spirit, “Makes some persons have no concern for the needs of the body.” Fasting is not primarily an exercise in self will, but it’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit in our life.
I just finished reading Father Charles M. Murphy book, “The Spirituality of Fasting…
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