Fasting Gives Us A New Heart
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Teach me your paths, my God,
and guide me in your truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia. Psalm 25
In Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Lenten message of 2009, he reaffirms the value of fasting: “The Church Fathers, too, speak of the force of fasting to bridle sin, especially the lusts of the “old Adam,” and open in the heart of the believer a path to God. Moreover, fasting is a practice that is… recommended by the saints of every age`.”
Why is fasting recommended by “the saints of every age?” Fasting opens our hearts to conversion and gives weight to our prayer intentions. Fasting strengthens us in