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 of fasting followed by an eight-hour eating window, with half the fasting period being while we’re sleeping. She discusses with Father Mark-Mary and Brother Elijah the need to have awareness of the reason why you are fasting. We don’t want to “flex our spiritual muscles” on the one end, and we don’t want to just do it to lose weight on the other end of the spectrum. 

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Our fasting should be done with a balance of caution and courage. Find your equilibrium and a sincere motive, and fasting can have a phenomenal effect on your life physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

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Quotes from this video:

“Love is an exodus from me to you” (Pope Benedict XVI).

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)