Join the Community of Caritas in a 9-Day Fast and Live a Message of Our Lady of Medjugorje
The Community of Caritas does several nine-day bread and water fasts each year. The Community does this because of Our Lady of Medjugorje’s message:
August 25, 1991
Last November I offered to do a fast for a year of atonement for sins in the world. I started the fast and novena determined to succeed, but weak by my history with food. I started out with prayers to Jesus to take my hunger away so I would accomplish the nine days, but only by His help. I wasn’t very hungry most of the time but ate bread with family meals and drank water. On the ninth day as I came from Saturday Vigil Mass, our son had telephoned that he had reunited with his wife after a separation of several months. He was so happy to be back with his young children. Praise God! He answered my prayers on the last day of my fast, for my son, to save his marriage. Glorious are His deeds and what a gift He gave me on the last day of a successful fast.
Thank you for all of your prayers for all our intentions and for spreading Mary’s messages.
Once each fall we invite others throughout the world, to join with us and participate in the nine-day bread and water fasting novena. This year the dates of the fast will be from today, October 5-13, 2009. Each day of the coming year, 2010, will be covered by at least one person offering their 9-day fast for that one day to be purified of all the sin committed on that day.Â Call or write in to receive the month and date that you will be fasting for. Many people are daunted at first, thinking it is impossible to fast that length of time, but there have been hundreds of people who prayed to Our Lady to give them success in offering this sacrifice. After placing it in the hands of Our Lady of Medjugorje, they couldn’t believe how effortlessly the fast went for them, and were amazed at the spiritual benefits they received. Knowing that you are fasting with hundreds of others helps to keep your own commitment strong throughout the fast.
Again, as we enter fall and head toward an uncertain winter, the perils of life and uncertainty of what “the winter of life brings,” mandates that we purify ourselves, protect ourselves through prayer and fasting in order to be in peace. Our Lady of Medjugorje said,
Before December 26, 1982
The prayers for the 9-day fast follows. It is your firewood for this winter to keep your soul in the warmth of God. The fast is your house which will keep you secure this winter. We cannot express to you enough how important your participation in this fast is for you and the world’s well being. Along with your personal intentions, please pray for one of the Community of Caritas’ special intentions. Thank you.
I am on day five of the nine day fast. It gets easier every year! Thank you for encouraging a fast. I derive much strength and comfort knowing that this sacrifice is being shared by people all across America…I would like to do more, and find encouragement in a shared fast.
For the 9-day fast you will be assigned a single day of 2010 in which your fast will be offered to bind satan from his activity for one’s Nation and the world. You can call Caritas of Birmingham to receive the day your 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 2010 that your 9-day fast, beginning today, Monday October 5, 2009, and finishing Tuesday October 13, 2009, will cover. It is important you receive a day so that we can be sure all 365 days of 2010 will be covered by an individual with a 9-day fast. Again the 9-day fast is October 5-13, 2009, and your assigned day for 2010 is not a fast day, rather the day that you are assigned in 2010 to be covered in prayer by your October 5–13, 2009, 9-day fast.
RECITE EACH DAY OF THE 9-DAY BREAD AND WATER FAST BEGINNING OCTOBER 5 — 13, 2009
PRAYER FOR THE FASTING NOVENA
O Queen of Heaven, we unite ourselves with others across the land in a holy fast, reminiscent of the so many times ancient Israel cried out in repentance to their God. By their history, we know God the Most High will hear our cry. We humble ourselves because of our sins. Seek, Mary our Queen, on our behalf, that the Lord not look upon our sins, but the love we show Him through this fast. Persuade Him to not only forgive but also forget and blot out our sins, that through Your hands we will grow close to Him and know Him intimately as a Father, as our Protector.
O Mary, these days of fasting we wish to empty our hearts of everything useless. Cleanse us. Let this fast purify us and atone for everything that has defiled us. O Mary, Queen of Peace, let our hearts be refilled through Your hands with whatever graces are necessary to reconcile us, our families, and our nation back to God. We wish also to atone for any wrongs in advance for each day of the coming year 2010, so that all be consecrated to Your Immaculate Heart, to purify the body of believers in order for the rebirth and the ushering in of a new springtime for Christianity in our beloved Nation.(Add your Nation’s name)
We seek the healing of our hearts of all spiritual disease and illness and for You to fill our hearts especially during December 8th-12th. Please, please, dear Mother, please grant us these requests, and grant the three special intentions of the Community of Caritas as well as my own personal intentions of (name your personal intentions) along with the quick, successful conclusion of Retooling The Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages…..I especially offer _________ ____, 2010 (Day assigned by Caritas)*, that on that day the plans of satan against ourselves, our family, and nation will be thwarted and grace will abound for conversion across our land.
We consecrate our hearts to You, Mary, and to Jesus. We want to give You and Jesus “title” of not only our souls but also our bodies, as well as all we possess. We know Your words of January 1, 2001, when You revealed that satan was completely unchained, were followed with what our response should be. It was to give ourselves to You and Jesus completely, as a possession into Your and His hands, through the formal daily act of consecration, thereby, owned by You and Your Son, we are afforded protection through being Your possession.
January 1, 2001
We, therefore, present to You the intention to empty our hearts that You may refill them, as well as Caritas’ intentions and our personal intentions through this nine-day fast, prayers and consecrations, in order that You will present this novena with your Son before the throne of God. We ask for an unleashing of grace to be poured out upon ourselves, our families, our nation, and upon the countless numbers who are in need of conversion throughout our land, and Your intentions for all of the above intentions. Please intercede for us as our Mother and as our Queen. Amen.