How Diet Affects the Spiritual Life

It’s easy to notice how the things we eat affect our bodies, but we may not notice how our diet also affects our spiritual life. Father Mark-Mary and Brother Elijah of the CFRs join wellness practitioner Jackie Mulligan as they explore the reasons why we eat. They point out that we should eat not only to nourish the body, but…

How Do Catholics Fast?

Jackie Mulligan, Brother Elijah, and Father Mark-Mary break down not only the biological and mental benefits of fasting, but how much a fast can help our spiritual life as well. When paired with prayer, the power of fasting is more satisfying than any food.  Jackie also discusses a few different types of fasting. One popular way is “sixteen-eight”: sixteen hours…

Fasting Isn’t Just for Lent

During Lent, Catholics abstain and fast at certain times. But the Catholic Church views every Friday (except solemnities) as a penitential day, which means we should abstain from meat or something else we desire every Friday of the year, and not just during Lent. If you’re confused about the difference between abstaining and fasting, just remember: Abstaining = not eating…

Why Should Christians Fast?

Wellness practitioner Jackie Mulligan joins Brother Elijah and Father Mark-Mary to discuss the spiritual and physical benefits of fasting. Why should Christians fast? Here are two of the reasons discussed in this video: It cultivates and sustains intimacy with God. It makes our intentions amazingly powerful (see Mark 9:29). Jackie says, “We rarely ever grow when we’re comfortable.” So if…
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