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  • The Power of Fasting, Alms-Giving, and Prayer

    03/06/2017 1:03:09 PM PST · by pgyanke · 4 replies
    Yanke Academy ^ | 3/2/2017 | pgyanke
    In the Jewish tradition, there are three ways in which we are all tempted to sin: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. We see this understanding reflected in 1 John 2:16. The lust of the flesh represents the desires of our appetites (ie: gluttony and sexual pleasure). The lust of the eyes represents our desire for all we want (ie: greed and envy). The pride of life is our disordered desire to be greater than we are (ie: pride and vainglory). These are the temptations the world throws at all of us. Where...
  • The Truer Purpose of Fasting

    03/06/2017 7:59:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-05-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    The Truer Purpose of Fasting Msgr. Charles Pope • March 5, 2017 • There is an interesting passage in Isaiah, in which God turns the tables on us and reminds us of the truer purpose of fasting. The key verses come in Isaiah 58, but in order to see them in context, let’s first consider the whole passage.Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways,...
  • The Battle Theme of Lent

    03/03/2017 8:33:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-02-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    The Battle Theme of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 2, 2017 • A brief observation of the first two days in Lent reveals militaristic, even violent imagery in the battle against sin and the unruly passions of the flesh. The Collect (opening prayer) of Ash Wednesday provides an image of troops mustering for battle:Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with...
  • Fasting Diet May Help Regenerate a Diabetic Pancreas

    02/24/2017 1:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NHS News ^ | 2/24
    "The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers," BBC News reports. Research in mice found a low-calorie diet may help in cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The pancreas is an organ that uses specialised cells known as beta cells to produce the hormone insulin, which the body uses to break down sugars in the blood (glucose). In type 1 diabetes the pancreas stops producing insulin. In type 2 diabetes either not enough insulin is produced or cells in the body fail to respond to insulin (insulin resistance). Mice...
  • What Ever Became of Advent Fasting and Penance?

    12/14/2016 8:27:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-13-16 | Revised New American Bible
    What Ever Became of Advent Fasting and Penance? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 13, 2016 • I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the reason the color purple (violet) is used during Advent is that Advent, like Lent, is considered a penitential season. During these times we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation. Traditionally, Advent was a time when would take part in penitential practices such as fasting and abstinence, just as is done during Lent.In recent times, though, Advent has become almost devoid of any real penitential practices. Neither...
  • Spiritual Warfare: Why Is "Fasting" Omitted In Some Bible Translations?

    11/06/2016 5:09:44 PM PST · by Sontagged · 53 replies
    Defend and Proclaim The Faith ^ | 11/6/12 | John McTernan
    Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places The Bible is very clear that there are spiritual forces behind many of the issues that Christians deal with. And the Bible clearly tells us how to confront these spiritual forces. The Lord Jesus showed His disciples how to deal with entrenched forces that are extremely difficult to defeat. This is found in both Matthew and Mark. The Bible gives great detail to this encounter to which I think we...
  • A 27-Year-Old Who Weighed 456 Pounds Survived Without Any Food For 382 Days

    10/21/2016 11:24:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, October 18, 2016 | Kevin Loria,
    Most people can survive without food for at least a few weeks, maybe a bit longer. Eventually, however, starvation kills. Yet the limits on how long people can go without eating are complicated; without water people are unlikely to last a week, but the amount of time starvation takes can vary drastically. Take the story of Angus Barbieri. For 382 days, ending July 11, 1966, the then-27-year-old Scotsman ate nothing. There's limited documentation of Barbieri's fast: there are a few old newspaper stories recounting his ordeal and more convincingly, there's a case report describing the experience that his doctors published...
  • Why a Fast for Dormition?

    08/01/2016 11:02:58 AM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | June, A.D. 2008 | Daniel Manzuk
    It would be a gross understatement to say that much has been written about the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos. Yet very little has been written about the fast that precedes it. Every Orthodox Christian is aware and generally knows the reason behind the fasts for Pascha and Christmas. But while they may know of the Dormition Fast, few follow it, and more than a few question why it is there, neither knowing its purpose. First, given the pervasive misunderstanding of the purpose of fasting itself, a refresher on its purpose is always a good idea. There is...
  • 10 Benefits of Fasting That Will Surprise You

    07/24/2016 3:11:08 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 54 replies
    lifehack.org ^ | Nathan Hewitt
    Is it a good thing to starve yourself each day, or a few days of the week? Well, a tonne of evidence indicates that timed periods of fasting are a good thing. Fasting has become increasingly popular over the years, especially among the health community. Whilst most health practitioners are afraid to recommend eating less due to the stigma involved, it still doesnt alleviate the incredible benefits of fasting when used sensibly. In this article, well explore 10 benefits of fasting that will surprise you, and how you can incorporate them into your own life. 1. Fasting Helps Weight Loss...
  • Glenn Beck Brings Fasting Child on Stage at Cruz Rally, Yells: This is the Priesthood Rising!

    03/20/2016 10:10:14 AM PDT · by catnipman · 200 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/20/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Glenn Beck brought a fasting child on stage yesterday during his campaign speech for Ted Cruz in Utah. Beck declared to the Cruz crowd: This is the priesthood rising.
  • Lent, 2016 - Fasting on ALL Fridays and Lent

    03/11/2016 6:00:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Fasting on ALL Fridays and Lent There is some question raised about my strong words (later in this article) regarding one who knowingly and willingly rejects Canon 1251. Some Catholics have attempted to convince me that not observing some sort of fast from some sort of food on all Fridays of the year does not constitute a sin. One has stated it is not a major precept, so "breaking" it is not sinful. This confuses and concerns me. How can any Catholic knowingly and willingly reject ANY precept laid out in Canon Law and not have it be a...
  • Fasting and Great Lent (Lent is coming!)

    03/05/2016 5:56:32 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    AOC ^ | Antiochian Orthodox Church
    FASTING AND GREAT LENT THE TRIODION Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha (which means "Passover" and is commonly called "Easter",). It is the central part of a larger time of preparation called the Triodion season. The Triodion begins ten weeks before Easter and is divided into three main parts: three Pre-Lenten weeks of preparing our hearts, the six weeks of Lent, and Holy Week. The main theme of the Triodion is repentance--mankind's return to God, our loving Father. This annual season of repentance is...
  • The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving [Catholic and Orthodox Caucus]

    02/05/2016 7:12:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CE.com ^ | 02-05-16 | Thomas Moses
    The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and AlmsgivingThomas Moses For many Eastern Christians, Lent is embraced as a time for the renewal of repentance, fervent seeking after God, and increased love and concern for our neighbor. After a few weeks of preparation for Lent (also known as the Great Fast) we begin this period of bright sorrow, a forty day period leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Pascha, Easter, or the Feast of all Feasts.I say bright sorrow because joy and sorrow are kept in tension. We experience sorrow because of the suffering endured by our Lord...
  • Prayer and Fasting or Just Prayer? A Consideration of a Biblical "Disagreement"

    02/17/2016 8:18:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Prayer and Fasting or Just Prayer? A Consideration of a Biblical "Disagreement" Msgr. Charles Pope * February 16, 2016 * With the renewed interest in demonology, Jesus' instruction that demons must be driven out with prayer and fasting (cf Mk 9:29, Matt 17:21) is frequently quoted. And many people are acquainted with this text in this form.But a problem emerges for some people when they go to their Bible to look up those texts. Some Bibles include the reference to fasting while others do not. For example, the two most common Catholic Bibles, the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition...
  • The Key to True Fasting

    02/12/2016 7:59:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key to True Fasting Msgr. Charles Pope - February 11, 2016 - Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. And even that required "fasting" (for those between the ages of 18 and 59) is really just eating somewhat less than normal (one regular meal and two small "snack-like" meals with no snacking between meals). Not much of a fast, really. Real fasting (going without food for the entire day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able to do so.Yet even the mitigated fast is...
  • 40 Days for Life: It all starts today! Prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil -- Ending March 20

    02/10/2016 5:27:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 92 replies
    40 Days for Life.com ^ | 02-10-16 | 40 Days for Life
    DAY 1: CLOSED! Abortion centers out of business February 10, 2016 https://40daysforlife.com/updates/It all starts today! Prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil are powerful … and needed now more than ever in our culture.Right now, there are babies scheduled to be aborted close to where you live — and your peaceful presence could be the difference. Find your nearest vigil here:https://40daysforlife.com/browse-campaigns/Moms do turn around at the last moment. For the abortion industry, that means one thing — lost income.We start this 40 Days for Life campaign with good news … as we’re now aware of TWO more abortion facilities that have CLOSED...
  • One Practical Advice For Those Who Don't Have The Will Power During Lent To Fast

    02/10/2016 3:53:11 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 1 replies
    ArmenHareyan.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    In this society following the Lenten requirements of our faith and fasting are not in fashion and are not encouraged. Neither the TV, nor the newspapers will encourage you to to fast during this season. The most they may do, is to report on the Ash Wednesday, and the Holy Week, culminating with Easter (i.e. the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ). What can you do, if you don't have the strong will to fast during the 40 days of Lent. There are various levels of fasting. The earliest Church fasts severely restricted all foods, but this gradually eased. Pope...
  • St. Paisius (Velichkovsky) on Fasting

    11/27/2015 2:36:11 PM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-27-2015 | St. Paisius (Velichkovsky)
    St. Paisius (Velichkovsky)St. Paisius (1722-1794) was born Peter Velichkovsky in Poltava, Ukraine, to a priestly family. At age thirteen he enter the Kiev Theological School with the intention of following in his father’s footsteps, but felt there something missing—the monastic tradition of mental prayer and the patristic approach. He soon departed to find a monastery, and his search for true monastic instruction took him to Mount Athos where he labored for seventeen years, becoming the spiritual father to many monks. These years on Mount Athos were filled with labors in asceticism and study of the true monastic life. Greece...
  • The Aetiology of Obesity Part 4 of 6: The Fast Solution

    11/13/2015 11:01:29 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jun 12, 2013 | Jason Fung
    How does sugar, fructose and wheat contribute to obesity and diabetes? Insulin resistance and hyper-insulinemia and 'the fast solution' is presented.
  • Iranian Christian to Have Lips Burnt for Eating During Ramadan

    07/23/2014 7:03:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 7/24/2014, 4:43 AM | Elad Benari
    An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette for eating during the day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, The Daily Mail reported. The barbaric punishment was carried out in public in a square in the city of Kermanshah. Five other Muslim men were also flogged in public with 70 lashes for not fasting during Ramadan, the citys deputy governor Ali Ashraf Karami said. [] At least 49 Christians were among 307 religious minorities being held in Iranian jails as of January 2014, noted the UN, which also criticized the regime for...