November 7, 2011 A.D.
Bread, the very basics of foods, yet to deny oneself and eat only bread is a very trying and challenging thing to do. In our modern culture, it is easy to think of the great sacrifice that eating only bread is, yet for centuries, bread was the only thing most had to live on. Here is one feedback we received today, Nov. 7 from someone joining the Medjugorje fast from the Philippines:
It is Nov 7 here in the Philippines and I am still holding on the 9 day fast, though I must admit it is very, very difficult since I am not used to this and this is the first time I am doing it. But I do now understand how it is to be able to deny one’s body and offer everything to God. Somehow it is God’s grace that is pulling me through to hopefully complete it. Please do pray for me as well. Thank you.
Pasig City – Philippines
The Community of Caritas, following the witness of our founder, A Friend of Medjugorje has incorporated Our Lady’s call for fasting into our way of life based on the four basic messages of Medjugorje: peace, prayer, fasting, and penance. Our Lady said that all the other messages come from these four.
From ‘A Way’ In a New Time, Community of Caritas Way of Life by A Friend of Medjugorje we read:
“We fast on bread and water twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as other designated days throughout the year. We begin teaching and training our children at a young age to incorporate sacrifice into their lives. This is not done through pressure or force, but largely through our own witness of offering sacrifices often and with joy…”
Our children join the fast with us for all or part of the 9-day fasts that we do. It brings them the joy of accomplishment and helps them begin their spiritual journey.
Through a talk, A Friend of Medjugorje also brings to light an irrefutable point:
“A major point to be made, that many would not expect children to fast, is the fact that Our Lady’s visionaries of Medjugorje include one who was only 10 years old. And all six visionaries were called upon to fast on bread and water. Many would think it too hard, even cruel for a mother to expect such fasting from a 10 year old child. But not this Queen Mother, a mother who knows what is best for Her children, even little children.”
In answer to most of the requests, we do intend to publish in the future some more information on fasting, as well as bread recipes. For more information on fasting you can download the Fasting booklet free by clicking here.