K eywords in G ospa’s M essages
By Michael K. Jones
In Matthew 4:2-4 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
If Jesus was able to fast for 40 day, most of us should be able to offer one day.
Matthew 6:16-18 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Gospa has recommend fasting on Wednesday’s and Friday’s. As we all know fasting is not always easy. Fasting requires a desire to offer sacrifice. It also requires a great deal of discipline. The Catholic Church guidelines tells us that little children and the elderly are not subject to the rule of fasting, but for those who are within the guidelines, fasting should be a part of life.
For those who just can not fast on bread and water they can offer other sacrifices. Medjugorje visionarys have spoken a lot about this subject in interview. They say that although a fast of bread and water is best, those who can not do this can offer other things that they enjoy in their daily lives.
There are many benefits to fasting. Fasting purifies the body and soul, offers penance for sin, prevent wars, changes the course of nature, and gives rewards to those who practice this sacrifice. Below are some of Gospa’s messages in regard to fasting.
July 21, 1982 …Concerning Fasting: “The best fast is on bread and water. Through fasting and prayer, one can stop wars, one can suspend the laws of nature. Charity cannot replace fasting. Those who are not able to fast can sometime replace it with prayer, charity, and a confession; but everyone, except the sick, must fast.”
During the apparition of December 25, 1982, to Mirjana, …”You have forgotten that through prayer and fasting you can avert wars and suspend the laws of nature.”
SEPTEMBER 20, 1984; “Dear children; Today I ask you to start fasting from your heart. There are many people who fast, but only because everyone else is fasting. It has become a custom which no one wants to stop. I ask this parish to fast out of gratitude to God for allowing me to remain this long in this parish. Dear children fast and pray with your heart. Thank you for your response to my call.”
APRIL 25, 1992:”Dear children, today also I invite you to prayer. Only by prayer and fasting can war be stopped. Therefore, my dear little children, pray; and by your life give witness that you belong to me, because Satan wishes, in these turbulent days, to seduce as many souls as possible. ..
JUNE 25, 1992:Ivanka’s yearly apparition on Our Lady’s Anniversary Feast Day: Our Lady pleaded with us to pray and fast. This is the only weapon against Satan. Satan wants to destroy everything good within us. Through prayer and fasting, we can conquer evil and resist all temptations.
I hope more of you will consider the beauty of fasting.
Michael, webmaster Medjugorje USA
Other Thoughts about Fasting
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