|"Anyone among you who aspires to greatness
must serve the rest." (Matthew 20:27)
If you are ashamed of the Cross of Jesus Christ
he will be ashamed of you before his Father
May Jesus prevail
May his Cross prevail
.....St. Louis de
Q: Is the balance of fasting the same for all people?
A: No. For example, with the good of food, people who are by nature physically larger need
more food than people who are physically smaller. Similarly, people who have higher
metabolisms or who do manual labor for a living need more food than people with slower
metabolisms or who have less active lifestyles. The same is true with regard to other
goods than food. St. Paul speaks of this in regard to the good of married life:
"I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own special gift from God, one
of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for
them to remain single as I do. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should
marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion" (1 Corinthians
7:7-9). Thus some are given the gift of being able to live without the good of married
life in order that they may pursue greater devotion to God (1 Cor. 7:32-34) or to pursue
greater ministry for others (2 Timothy 2:3-4), as with priests, monks, and nuns. God gives
these people special graces to live the life which they have embraced, just as he gives
special graces to the married to live the life they have embraced.
Read for 20 minutes from Scripture or an inspirational book.
Lord, watch over Your Church, and guide it with Your unfailing love. Protect us
from what could harm us and lead us to what will save us. Help us always, for without You
we are bound to fail.