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Many of us do not even know the beautiful Saints who defended this most fundamental truth of the Faith.

We have been truly blessed with Pope Benedict XVI's teachings on these Church Fathers and compiled into a book.

In his lenten message, the Holy Father writes:

The practice of fasting is very present in the first Christian community (cf. Acts 13,3; 14,22; 27,21; 2 Cor 6,5). The Church Fathers, too, speak of the force of fasting to bridle sin, especially the lusts of the “old Adam,” and open in the heart of the believer a path to God. Moreover, fasting is a practice that is encountered frequently and recommended by the saints of every age. Saint Peter Chrysologus writes: “Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others, you open God’s ear to yourself” (Sermo 43: PL 52, 320. 322).
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2 posted on 02/27/2009 9:59:31 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer
sounds good, I am reading:


3 posted on 02/27/2009 10:25:04 AM PST by tioga
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To: NYer

Thanks NYer.

This sounds like a great book for Lenten reading.


11 posted on 02/27/2009 4:59:08 PM PST by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * PALIN * JINDAL * CANTOR 2012)
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