Updated September 28, 2015
Originally published on August 29, 2011 A.D.
Our Lady of Medjugorje just recently told us on August 25, 2011:
What does fasting do for us? Through what is written below, taken from the FASTING booklet, by a Friend of Medjugorje, one can easily see not only the good of fasting, but also the harm of not fasting.
Fasting is Your Ammunition
Fasting is the cause of so much good, that as Christians, not to use it would be like having weapons without ammunition. Prayer is the cannon; fasting is the cannon ball; love is the powder, once fired, which sends it. It may seem odd or hard to accept speaking of prayer, fasting, and love in this way, but all of the following are the exact terminology Our Lady has used in Her messages, especially in regard to satan:
“conquer, protect, defend, advance, retreat, attack, guard, armor, battle, defeat, struggle, surrender, drive off, time of battle with satan.”
These, along with many other words, are clear messages that we are in battle, and fasting is your ammunition.
St. John Vianney was hated most by the devil because of his fasting and fasting from sleep. We are in a great battle and the weapons we have, such as the Rosary, becomes much more powerful coupled with fasting.
August 8, 1985
You, as an individual, have the power to alter and impact the world. It is a mistake to underestimate the good you bring into the world through your fasting and prayer. It is time, in this special time, to bring it back into the Church; for priests to encourage it; for bishops to preach of it; for them to give examples and witness themselves by doing it. It is to spread over the whole Church and with it will spread the mantle of Our Lady to protect them in leading us, through the Church, into the new time Our Lady announced on Her Fourteenth Anniversary.
June 25, 1995
Start the next Wednesday or Friday and watch your life and those around you begin to change. God bless you.
P.S. Don’t miss your chance to take part in the worldwide 9-day fast taking place October 7-15, 2015. For the nine-day fasting novena you will be assigned a single day of 2016 in which your 9-day fast will be offered to bind satan from his activity for our nation and the world. You can call Caritas of Birmingham to receive the day your 9-day fast will sponsor. Your day is assigned in the order you call us. You may call 205-672-2000 to be given the day of 2016 that your nine-day fasting novena, beginning October 7, 2015, and finishing October 15, 2015, will cover. It is important you receive a day so that we can be sure all 365 days of 2016 will be covered by an individual with a nine-day fast. Again the nine-day fasting novena is October 7-15, 2015, and your assigned day for 2016 is not a fast day, rather the day that you are assigned in 2016 to be covered in prayer by your October 7-15, 2015, nine-day fast. For the 2015 fasting novena prayers click to visit this page.