With the season of Lent now upon us, it is important that we give some consideration to one of the imperatives Jesus left us for growing in holiness. In the well-known gospel passage from which we hear on Ash Wednesday, Jesus commands that we should perform prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
People generally understand why intensifying our prayer and being more generous would be important for spiritual growth- but depriving ourselves of food? What’s the deal with that?!
In this brief talk delivered by Fr. Cristino during the Calgary Diocese’s Faith Life Forum, this important Lenten topic is regarded from many different angles.
Fasting? What For?