Four Reasons for Fasting Video

Why should Christians fast? In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz explains what some good reasons for fasting.

We should not fast for God’s favor or attention. We already have that.

  1. For self mastery. If we cannot say no to something, then we are a slave to that thing. Jesus came to set us free.
  2. Obedience and discernment. We let the church tell us to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In the New Testament, the disciples fast while listening for the Holy Spirit.
  3. Worship. We sacrifice a legitimate pleasure to express our love for God.
  4. To be a co-redeemer. St. Paul tells us that our sufferings make up for what is lacking in the suffering of Christ. Jesus offers us a small particle of his cross so we can participate in the salvation of the world with Him.

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