Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Joel 2:12-18 & Matthew 6:1-18
Fasting is a discipline that goes far beyond the season of Lent. Jesus taught that only by fasting and prayer are we, like Jesus himself, able to heal and release others from the captivity of darkness as he instructed us to do. When I fast from food or from any other appetites then I am able to ‘empty my cache’ of physical and sentimental delights and to find deep within my being my hunger for all things holy and Godly. My mind readily grasps these concepts of fasting, but my heart, soul and body are weak, and seem to have difficulty staying the course of committed and disciplined fasting of any kind. As I work through these next forty days, I am ready to repent of my past failures to discipline myself, and resolve to turn for help to the Holy Spirit of God. Will you join me? May our Lenten fast lead to a faith that moves mountains of deceit, despair and disease, that stand in the way of the Peace and Joy of God dominating our lives. Holy Spirit of God, instruct and strengthen me in my Lenten fast.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51)
Your deeds may be the only sermon (message about God) some people hear today.
Saint Francis of Assisi
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.