Renew and live the Fast!
February 20, 2020
Dear Family of Mary!
September 26, 1985 “Dear children! I thank you for all the prayers. Thank you for all the sacrifices. I wish to tell you, dear children, to renew the messages which I am giving you. Especially live the fast, because by fasting you will achieve and cause me the joy of the whole plan, which God is planning here in Medjugorje, being fulfilled. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
In looking for messages about fasting, I found at least 186!! Our Lady truly desires the fast. Over and over again, she has called for “prayer and fasting…” They go together. Prayer is powered by fasting and fasting only has meaning through prayer. Let’s hear what Fr. Leon says about fasting:
The fourth stone is fasting. Our Lady says to fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. Fast strictly on Wednesdays and Fridays. The best fast is on bread and water. With fasting you can suspend natural laws and stop wars. She also says she needs our fasting to convert other people.
My Jewish friend said to me once, you Catholics…when you say fasting you mean that you don’t eat in between meals. Think about our fasting. We have two days of fasting, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. That’s it. Only two days in Lent. Maybe 60 years ago we had more than 100 days of fasting. They are all gone now. On those two days – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday – you can have one full meal and then you can have two small meals that when added together don’t add up to one meal. We call this fasting. But this is what most people eat on a good day.
But fasting is powerful. Pray for the grace to be able to fast.
Although Our Lady invites us to fast, she is also strict. She says that no one is excused, not even the elderly. Only the sick. And then she says, for the sick, let him who smokes give up cigarettes. Let him who drinks give up alcohol. Let him who watches television, turn off the TV. In at least six early messages she says to turn off the TV. You don’t need it. (She might say the same thing about smart phones…)
But fasting is important. Now Ash Wednesday is coming up, and I know lots of people will tell you that rather than giving up something you should add on a new good thing to do. That is not entirely true. Giving up something that you are entitled to is powerful. Making a sacrifice is powerful. And Our Lady needs it. She said in Fatima almost a hundred years ago, more souls go to hell because no people pray and make sacrifices. (https://marytv.tv/fruit-of-medjugorje/
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Fr. Leon did a good job of sorting out issues about fasting. And Our Lady is really good at showing us the good in fasting! Here are several messages that we can pray over today. Fasting is a difficult interior struggle that helps us to put our selfish desires aside and focus on what God wants us to desire, i.e. love, holiness, service, gentleness, peace, hope, prayer, the Triumph and Jesus!! We are made strong and good by fasting. And Our Lady can gather up our sacrifices to do great and wonderful things for the world.
Messages about fasting from the Queen of Peace:
December 4, 1986 “Dear children! Today I call you to prepare your hearts for these days when the Lord particularly desires to purify you from all the sins of your past. You, dear children, are not able by yourselves, therefore I am here to help you. You pray, dear children! Only that way shall you be able to recognize all the evil that is in you and surrender it to the Lord so the Lord may completely purify your hearts. Therefore, dear children, pray without ceasing and prepare your hearts in penance and fasting. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
July 25, 1991 “Dear Children! Today I invite you to pray for peace. At this time peace is being threatened in a special way, and I am seeking from you to renew fasting and prayer in your families. Dear children, I desire you to grasp the seriousness of the situation and that much of what will happen depends on your prayers and you are praying a little bit. Dear children, I am with you and I am inviting you to begin to pray and fast seriously as in the first days of my coming. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
August 25, 1991 “Dear Children! Today also I invite you to prayer, now as never before when my plan has begun to be realized. Satan is strong and wants to sweep away my plans of peace and joy and make you think that my Son is not strong in His decisions. Therefore, I call all of you, dear children, to pray and fast still more firmly. I invite you to self-renunciation for nine days so that, with your help, everything that I desire to realize through the secrets I began in Fatima, may be fulfilled. I call you, dear children, to now grasp the importance of my coming and the seriousness of the situation. I want to save all souls and present them to God. Therefore, let us pray that everything I have begun be fully realized. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
October 25, 2000 “Dear children! Today I desire to open my motherly heart to you and to call you all to pray for my intentions. I desire to renew prayer with you and to call you to fast which I desire to offer to my Son Jesus for the coming of a new time – a time of spring. In this Jubilee year many hearts have opened to me and the Church is being renewed in the Spirit. I rejoice with you and I thank God for this gift; and you, little children, I call to pray, pray, pray – until prayer becomes a joy for you… Thank you for having responded to my call.”
January 25, 2001 “Dear children! Today I call you to renew prayer and fasting with even greater enthusiasm until prayer becomes a joy for you. Little children, the one who prays is not afraid of the future and the one who fasts is not afraid of evil. Once again, I repeat to you: only through prayer and fasting also wars can be stopped – wars of your unbelief and fear for the future. I am with you and am teaching you little children: your peace and hope are in God. That is why draw closer to God and put Him in the first place in your life. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
February 25, 2003 “Dear children! Also today I call you to pray and fast for peace. As I have already said and now repeat to you, little children, only with prayer and fasting can wars also be stopped. Peace is a precious gift from God. Seek, pray and you will receive it. Speak about peace and carry peace in your hearts. Nurture it like a flower which is in need of water, tenderness and light. Be those who carry peace to others. I am with you and intercede for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
March 25, 2007 “Dear children! I desire to thank you from my heart for your Lenten renunciations. I desire to inspire you to continue to live fasting with an open heart. By fasting and renunciation, little children, you will be stronger in faith. In God you will find true peace through daily prayer. I am with you and I am not tired. I desire to take you all with me to Heaven, therefore, decide daily for holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
March 18, 2007 “Dear children! I come to you as a Mother with gifts. I come with love and mercy. Dear children, mine is a big heart. In it, I desire all of your hearts, purified by fasting and prayer. I desire that, through love, our hearts may triumph together. I desire that through that triumph you may see the real Truth, the real Way and the real Life. I desire that you may see my Son. Thank you.”
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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PS. (I know I keep sharing this information, but I want to be sure everyone sees this beautiful opportunity!!) Mike Nolan is leading a pilgrimage to Medjugorje from April 13 to 22, 2020! Denis and I will be joining the group! There is still room for more pilgrims. Join us!! Here is Mike’s contact information and website: