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Fasting and Feasting Prayer

This fasting and feasting prayer can be found in many variations. It suggests something to fast from and then an alternative to feast upon.

The author is uncertain. Some attribute it to William Arthur Ward, but he is probably not the original author.

In any case, it is a good Lenten prayer when we are considering the true purpose and meaning of fasting. We don't give something up to make ourselves suffer. We give things up for Lent to make room for something better.

Fasting and Feasting Prayer

Fast from judging others; feast on Christ within in them.
Fast from emphasis on difference; feast on our bonds.

Fast from fear of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on God's light.

Fast from words that cut down; feast on speech that uplifts.
Fast from gossip; feast on affirmations.

Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from pessimism; Feast on hope.

Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from negatives; feast on encouragement.

Fast from resentment; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.

Fast from self-centeredness; feast on compassion.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.

Fast from giving up; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from the shadows of sorrow; feast on trust in God.

Fast from focusing on problems; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from anxiety; feast on faith.

Lenten Ideas for Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. See some practical suggestions for these three pillars of Lenten practice here.

Fasting and Abstinence Information for Catholics

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.


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