Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
There is nothing more important than being in communion, by love, with God through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Naked I came from the womb, and naked I shall go back to the earth. There is nothing on earth –no possessions, no ideology, no power, no success, no food, no drink - that is of any critical significance over and above how I am connected with God and with others, as well as with ‘myself’. So it is always worth it, in terms of love, to fast from any of those things that prevent our hearts, minds, souls, - and even our physicality - from truly turning to God and loving others. Fasting cuts through the chains of desire, appetite, memory, and wishes for good, by disciplining our beings to value only what is truly valuable. Then I am able not only to approach, but to live into, the holiness and life of God. What can I fast from today? Holy Spirit of God, teach me about fasting.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
When the flesh is satisfied it is hard to pray with cheerfulness or to devote oneself to a life of service which calls for much self-renunciation.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
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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.