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  • 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 · 91 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 city’s 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...
  • Monk Becomes 13th Person Since WWII to Complete Demanding Fasting and Prayer Ritual (9 Days)

    10/22/2015 12:38:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | October 22, 2015
    A Buddhist monk successfully finished the "doiri" (entrance into the hall), a ritual of fasting and prayer that is part of the "sennichi kaihogyo" (1,000-day walk) monk training, on Oct. 21 -- becoming the 13th person since the end of World War II to complete the grueling procedure. Kogen Kamahori, 41, chief monk of Zenju-in at Enryaku-ji temple in Otsu, became the first person to successfully complete the doiri since the monk Endo Mitsunaga did so eight years ago. Sennichi kaihogyo refers to the 1,000 days of training that take place over a period of seven years for Buddhist monks...
  • Dormition Fast Begins (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    07/30/2015 6:52:58 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | August 2015 | Fr. Thaddaeus Hardenbrook
    Standing at your deathbed, the Apostles cried aloud in wonder: The Palace of the King withdraws: the Ark of holiness is raised on high. Let the gates be opened wide that the Gate of God may enter into abundant joy, She who asks without ceasing for great mercy on the world. Several years ago, I was sharing with an Orthodox pilgrim the thought that the Dormition fast, though short, was very intense spiritually and that hardships seemed to befall people more in those two weeks than in the long Apostles’ fast. Without hesitation he responded, “Of course! Lent is...
  • A couple good documentaries if you are looking for something non-mindless to watch

    06/26/2015 6:20:21 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 24 replies
    Since a lot of people talk about various personal health issues here for a number of reasons, I wanted to pass along two documentaries I watched recently and thought have good information for people to review. First, is one called "Fat Head". It is done by a science writer that basically refutes the "Supersize Me" documentary. It discusses how a high carb, low fat and protein diet is the cause of obesity in America, and it's exactly what the government and health groups are demanding people follow to "get healthy". It gives an excellent easy understanding of why this does...
  • Five day 'fasting' diet slows down ageing and may add years to life

    06/19/2015 6:55:59 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Sarah Knapton
    A five day diet which mimics fasting could slow down ageing, add years to life, boost the immune system and cut the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists believe. The plan which restricts calories to between one third and a half of normal intake has been developed by academics at the University of Southern California. But now they have found that a calorie-restricted diet comprising of vegetable soups and chamomile tea has the same affect. And dieters only need to follow the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) for five days a month, eating what they like for the rest of...
  • The religion of works-righteousness

    02/20/2015 10:39:24 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 12 replies
    Possessing the Treasure ^ | April 14, 2014 | Mike Ratliff
    “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart...
  • LENT - A TIME OF REDISCOVERY

    For the Church, Lent like Advent is a "powerful season" a season of waiting and preparing and therefore a time for sacrifice, repentance, and purification. But, in our hedonistic society of today these words seem to strike a rather discordant note. So, is it fair to ask : how do we speak today about sacrifice and how do we practice it ?? Lent lasts for 40 days - as many days as Jesus Christ spent in the desert before he took on his mission of salvation. 40 is a sacred number in the Bible : the Deluge lasted for 40...
  • Don’t Waste Your Lent: 7 Ways to Have a Good Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    02/14/2015 10:18:53 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 13, 2015 | SAM GUZMAN
    Lent is a season of penance and ascetical warfare. The enemy is concupiscence, the world, and the devil. The goal is pure hearts so that we can joyfully celebrate the resurrection of our Lord at Easter, the greatest feast of the liturgical year. In a way, Lent should be a microcosm of our entire struggle on earth, just as the Paschal feast of Easter is a microcosm of our heavenly triumph in Christ. Yet, a good Lent takes focus and discipline, and it can easily be wasted.In my own experience, I often begin the lenten season with the best of intentions. I imagine...
  • The Fasting Discipline of The Church (Lent is coming)

    02/14/2015 1:03:24 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodox Resources ^ | unknown | abbamoses.com
    The Church's traditional teaching on fasting is not widely known or followed in our day. For those Orthodox Christians who are seeking to keep a more disciplined fast, the following information may be helpful. Though the rules may appear quite strict to those who have not seen them before, they were developed with all of the faithful, not only monks, in mind. (Monks do not eat meat, so rules regarding the eating of meat cannot have been written with them in mind. Similarly rules regarding marital abstinence apply only to the laity and married clergy.) Though few laymen are able...
  • Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

    Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable". Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection. Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it...
  • Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

    06/06/2014 4:04:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:51PM BST 05 Jun 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as “remarkable”. Although fasting diets have been criticized by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection. Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. […] Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to aging and...
  • Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Fast with suggestions for family observance of the season

    03/05/2014 8:16:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Women for Faith and Family ^ | 03-05-14 | Women Faith Family
    Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Fastwith suggestions for family observance of the season(From Family Sourcebook for Lent and Easter)"The main current of Lent must flow through the interior man, through hearts and consciences. The essential effort of repentance consists in this. In this effort the human determination to be converted to God is invested with the predisposing grace of conversion and, at the same time, of forgiveness and of spiritual liberation".This reflection by Pope John Paul II in Lent of 1979, recorded in a collection of his meditations, The Light of Christ, indicates the attitude with which we should...
  • ‘Fast for Families’ kicks off national tour for immigration reform

    01/27/2014 4:21:27 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Voxxi ^ | Jan 27, 2014 | Griselda Nevarez
    Image of the "Fast for Families" fasters, who announced their new plans to push for immigration reform on Monday. After going without food and only drinking water for 22 days last, a handful of advocates with the “Fast for Families” campaign ended their fast on December 3, 2013. Now they are continuing their efforts to push for immigration reform with a national tour that kicked off on Monday. Activists with the “Fast for Families” campaign captivated national and international attention last year when they put their bodies on the line to fast in support of immigration reform with a path...
  • The Key to True Fasting

    02/22/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key to True FastingBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. Even the two days where fasting is required for those over 18 and under 60, it is really a mitigated fast of two small “snack-like” meals and one regular sized meal (no snacks in between now!). Not really a fast at all. A truer fast (going without food for the whole day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able.Yet, even the mitigated fast is “hard” for many as are most...
  • What Ever Became of Advent Fasting And Penance?

    12/12/2013 3:57:12 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/11/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used in advent is akin to its use in Lent, in that both are considered penitential seasons. Hence we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation. Traditionally Advent was a time we would, like Lent take part in penitential practices such as fasting and abstinence.Of course, in recent decades Advent has almost wholly lost any real penitential practices. There is no fasting or abstinence required, they are not really even mentioned. Confession is encouraged and the readings still retain a kind...
  • Fasting for immigration reform: Strikers go hungry in push for change

    12/08/2013 6:01:01 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 45 replies
    usnews.nbcnews.com ^ | Dec 7,2013 | Miranda Leitsinger,
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – When the hunger headaches get strong, Lenka Mendoza focuses on why she is fasting and dreams of what she would do if she won the right to legally live and work in the U.S.: She would return to her home country, Peru, to hug her cancer-stricken mom. Mendoza, an undocumented mother of three who works as a motel housekeeper, is one of about a dozen activists fasting on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol. The fasters want the House of Representatives to vote on legislation that would grant some 11 million undocumented immigrants a path to...
  • Activists Begin 'National Fast' to Demand Approval of Immigration Reform in US

    11/13/2013 11:25:46 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 29 replies
    .latinospost.com ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Jorge Calvillo
    After months of activists and immigrants demanding measures that would allow the legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., everything seems to point to reform, which has stalled in Congress, being postponed until next year. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the House of Representatives will continue its activities in Washington after a week-long recess, and activists and immigrants continue to pressure them to approve immigration legislation that offers a way to legalize the status of at least 9 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.; however, the legislative calendar ends in 16 business days, and Republicans have said that such...
  • United Kingdom teacher refuses water to kids claiming its 'unfair' to fasting Muslim classmates [UK]

    07/15/2013 8:10:15 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | undated | Ryan Lee Hall
    A mother demanded answers after a teacher refused to allow students to drink water in order not to offend fasting Muslim classmates. An angry mother accused a primary school of denying water to children on the hottest days of the year for fear of upsetting Muslim students, who observe Ramadan.
  • Arctic Muslims Risk Health During Ramadan

    07/11/2013 3:53:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Jul 13
    Swedish Muslims north of the Arctic circle have long waited for and feared this summer. When the sun never sets, they have pondered how to observe Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from sun up to sun down for a month. "Kiruna is as high up as you get in Sweden, the sun never sets during this month," Ali Melhem, 45, who has lived in Kiruna for 24 years told The Local. As the fasting month is set by the moon, Ramadan usually moves about 10 days forward in the calender each year, which means this is the first summer it...
  • It's all about to hit the fan ('politics as usual' cannot save nation from disaster)

    04/22/2013 9:48:32 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 22, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    Have you ever had the feeling the nation is on the brink of utter disaster? Has that feeling ever been stronger than it is right now? It turns out that after spending hundreds of billions on foreign wars and nearly an equal amount on a new bureaucracy called the Department of Homeland Security, Americans are just as vulnerable to Islamic terrorist attacks as they were on 9/11. For days that seemed like weeks, the systematically disarmed residents of the Boston and Cambridge area cowered in their homes and hid in their closets in fear of one armed and dangerous terrorist...
  • Support for 9/11 Day of Prayer (join in repentance and fasting)

    04/21/2013 2:44:04 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    I never dreamed when I wrote what I assumed would be a “throwaway” column last week calling for a day of national prayer and fasting on 9/11 that my plea would be met with an outpouring of enthusiastic support from thousands of people. It clearly struck a chord. I’ve been doing media around the clock ever since. Pastors are telling their congregations about the plan. Lay activists are talking it up in Bible studies. Rabbis are writing to me expressing their support. I secured the domain name 911dayofprayer.com, which is where you can go to express your support for the...
  • A call for national day of prayer, fasting.

    04/15/2013 6:36:25 AM PDT · by wesagain · 4 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 14, 2013 | Staff writer
    Last Friday, WND founder Joseph Farah floated the idea – not really anticipating significant reaction. “Was I ever shocked,” he said. “By 8 a.m. Friday, by email inbox was running over with enthusiastic support for the idea, with about 1,000 people letting me know they would be participating by enlisting friends, family members, church groups, Bible studies and neighbors. They were marking the date on their calendar. Their only reservation was that the date was nearly five months away. They wanted to do something sooner.” Because of the overall response by email now from thousands of Americans, Farah is asking...
  • Pre-Election 72 hour Prayer/Fasting SIGN UP. SPOTS STILL OPEN! PLEASE SIGN UP!

    10/29/2012 5:32:25 AM PDT · by Blogger · 17 replies
    Free Republic | 10/29/2012 | Blogger
    Freepers, We still need pray-ers to sign up for the prayer vigil for the upcoming election that will last round the clock for 72 hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The way it works is that freepers take a time slot to commit to praying during that particular time of day. Time is in Eastern Standard time, so will need to convert it to your time zone if you're not on the Eastern side of the US. Also encouraging you to fast at this time if you feel led. It can be an absolute fast, a partial fast, or a...
  • 72 Hour Vigil, Prayer & Fasting Nov 3,4,5 - signup list

    10/24/2012 7:57:19 PM PDT · by Blogger · 99 replies
    10/24/12 | Blogger
    Freepers, As we have done in the past, I would like to set up a prayer vigil for the upcoming election that will last round the clock for 72 hours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The way it works is that freepers take a time slot to commit to praying during that particular time of day. Time is in Eastern Standard time, so will need to convert it to your time zone if you're not on the Eastern side of the US. Also encouraging you to fast at this time if you feel led. It can be an absolute fast,...
  • Faith, prayer, and fasting unto the LORD. The power.

    07/02/2012 2:08:14 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 6 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Jesus told us in the WORD the power of fasting and praying. May we know it and believe it; receive it.
  • Those Were the Days of Giants! Fasting and Abstinence in Advent and Lent

    12/14/2011 2:09:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 14, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Those Were the Days of Giants! A Brief Reflection on the Fasting and Abstinence that were once common in Advent and LentBy: Msgr. Charles Pope I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the color purple (violet) used in advent is akin to its use in Lent, in that both are considered penitential seasons. Hence we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation. Traditionally we would also take part in penitential practices of fasting and abstinence.Of course, in recent decades Advent has almost wholly lost any real penitential practices. There is no...
  • Fasting out of love [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    04/20/2011 9:48:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/article.php?id=1631 ^ | February 21, 2009 | Arkansas-Catholic.org
    Fasting out of loveGod doesn't want a fulfilled obligation; he wants our hearts Published: February 21, 2009     By Tara LittleAssociate EditorThe 40-day penitential season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and culminates in the Easter Triduum, the celebration of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. Christians observe Lent primarily through fasting, prayer and almsgiving. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent reflects the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying before his public ministry began. While Moses (Exodus 34:28) fasted to prepare for God's revelation, Jesus took it a step further by doing the...
  • Study finds routine periodic fasting is good for your health, and your heart

    04/03/2011 12:04:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies
    Intermountain Medical Center ^ | April 3, 2011 | Unknown
    Fasting found to reduce cardiac risk factors, such as triglycerides, weight, and blood sugar levelsMurray, UT (4/03/11) – Fasting has long been associated with religious rituals, diets, and political protests. Now new evidence from cardiac researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute demonstrates that routine periodic fasting is also good for your health, and your heart. Today, research cardiologists at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute are reporting that fasting not only lowers one's risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, but also causes significant changes in a person's blood cholesterol levels. Both diabetes and elevated cholesterol are known...
  • How about 24 hour of Prayer and Fasting for our Country?

    03/19/2011 3:56:15 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 24 replies
    19 Mar 2011 | US Navy Vet
    Anyone with me on this?
  • Lenten Ember Days: March 16th, 18th, and 19th, 2011 (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    03/16/2011 9:28:10 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    What are the Ember Days? The Lenten Ember Days are this Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. In fact, Ember days occur four times during the year. Some who are younger or converts may have never heard of Ember Days. They were once quite important in the life of a Catholic. Where does the word, Ember, come from? In English, The word "ember" comes from the Anglo-Saxon ymbren, which means a circuit or revolution, to go around in a circle, relating to the annual cycle of the year, having to do with the seasons (from ymb, around, and ryne, a course, running)....
  • "What, then, is the reason for fasting?"

    03/08/2011 3:21:14 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | March 8, 2011 | Carl Olson
    To answer this let us first clarify what fasting entails. It involves more than the occasional fast, such as on Good Friday. To be effective, fasting requires disciplined eating habits all the time. There are certainly days when a person should make a greater effort at abstaining from food and drink. These are what we usually consider days of fasting and they must be practiced regularly. But, still, there are never days when a person is allowed to abandon all restraint. A person must always practice some restraint over his appetites or those periodic days of fasting arc valueless. Always...
  • What is it to do fasting and abstinence? And, when do I do it? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/04/2011 11:08:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Creighton.Edu ^ | not given | Creighton.Edu
    What is it to do fasting and abstinence? And, when do I do it? What does it mean to "fast"?To fast is to do without food.  Its purpose is to experience the effects of not eating.  It also serves to be a penance or a sacrifice - for the purpose of strengthening us.  When we don't eat, for even a little while, we get hungry.  When we get hungry, we have a heightened sense of awareness.  If, when we eat too much, we have a sluggish feeling, when we fast, we have a feeling of alertness.  Fasting is a wonderful...
  • East Indian guy who doesn't eat - did he starve?

    01/30/2011 6:13:28 PM PST · by djf · 19 replies
    Not sure how many would remember, but mid to late summer last year there were all the sudden like tons of reports about an Indian mystik/fakir type who supposedly didn't eat or drink, and hadn't for years. Last I recall, they were going to have clinicians or something from France or Switzerland examine him and kind of quarantine him to try to find out what was going on. The missing piece - the piece that stands out most in my mind - was that I never heard any reports that he had like a box of Twinkies stashed in his...
  • Putting the 'Ember' in September: An Ancient Church Tradition... (Catholic Caucus)

    09/10/2010 5:39:00 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies
    Headline Bistro ^ | 09/10/2010 | Dawn Eden
    Putting the 'Ember' in SeptemberAn Ancient Church Tradition Takes on New RelevanceThe South Asian newswire service ANI last month carried a headline one doesn’t see every day. It began, “Hindus laud Australian Catholic Church …” Now, before divulging the rest of the headline, it should be noted that “Hindus” is a bit of an exaggeration. The article quotes only one member of that faith, self-proclaimed “Hindu statesman” Rajan Zed of Reno, Nevada, who previously made the news for protesting the Mike Myers film The Love Guru. Even so, the full headline is worth noting: “Hindus laud Australia Catholic Church for...
  • Father Corapi: Do Not Shadow Box

    08/23/2010 12:57:02 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 33 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | 8-22-10 | Fr Corapi
    Pick Up Your Weapon And Get In The Fight.Dear Friends and Family,One of the most consistent and important themes of my almost 20 years of preaching and teaching has been that of spiritual warfare. This is, in fact, one of the most consistent and important themes of the Church’s preaching and teaching throughout the ages.St. Paul cautioned us in the sixth chapter of his Letter to the Ephesians that, “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in regions above…” He was referring to fallen angels, or the demonic...
  • 24 Days of Intense Change! [CALL to 3 days of fasting; from First Fruits Conf]

    07/19/2010 8:04:26 AM PDT · by Quix · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Chuck Pierce's website ^ | 16 JUL 2010 | UNKNOWN, via Chuck Pierce
    Quix: I'd already felt an urg to fast this week before a prophetic/cleansing weekend thing at our church. This call resonates with me, too. The other docs below I included FYI. All, of course, for discerning prayerful pondering. 24 DAYS of INTENSE CHANGE! Here was a wordgiven at Firstfruits last weekend!July 16, 2010"I have said to you that the waters will not overtake you. Throughout the times you are walking in, I see you sinking and the waters rising above your head. Stay buoyant with Me. Stay in faith over these next 30 days. If you sink, there are many...
  • Calling All Christians: Let's Fast and Pray For Revival!!! May 31st through June 2nd 2010 (VANITY)

    05/30/2010 1:21:40 PM PDT · by ROTB · 11 replies · 229+ views
    Me | 05/30/10 | Me
    Brothers and Sisters in the Lord - There are many threats to the United States on the horizon (i).  Some of them include:   1) Nuclear Annihilation - A nuclear exchange over Taiwan with China which is building both missile defense (ii) and civilian fallout shelters (iii).   2) Earthquake – If the Lord wanted, could he not send an earthquake powerful enough to bring crippling destruction to the West Coast?   3) Terrorist Attack – As we saw by the Christmas bomber, we are no safer since 9/11, given we still don't screen for Muslims at airports.  Also, the Department...
  • Calling All Christians: Let's Fast and Pray For Revival!!! May 31st through June 2nd 2010(VANITY)

    05/29/2010 11:07:13 PM PDT · by ROTB · 2 replies · 172+ views
    Me | 10/29/2010 | Me
    Brothers and Sisters in the Lord - There are many threats to the United States on the horizon (i). Some of them include: 1)Nuclear Annihilation - A nuclear exchange over Taiwan with China which is building both missile defense (ii) and civilian fallout shelters (iii). 2)Earthquake – If the Lord wanted, could he not send an earthquake powerful enough to bring crippling destruction to the West Coast? 3)Terrorist Attack – As we saw by the Christmas bomber, we are no safer since 9/11, given we still don't screen for Muslims at airports. Also, the Department of Home Security considers a...
  • Man claims he ate, drank nothing for 70 years

    04/29/2010 4:19:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 63 replies · 2,166+ views
    couriermail.com.au ^ | April 29, 2010 | staff writers
    SCIENTISTS are studying an 82-year-old man who claims he has not had any food or drink for 70 years. Prahlad Jani’s claims are being put to the test at a hospital in Ahmedabad, where he is being closely monitored and studied by India’s Defence Research Development Organisation, which believes he may have a quality which could help save lives, The Telegraph reports. He has so far spent six days without food or water under the strict observation of doctors who say his body is yet to show any signs of hunger or dehydration. Mr Jani is regarded as a "breatharian"...
  • Holy Man Claims to Have Lived Without Food, Water for 70 Years

    04/29/2010 9:30:16 AM PDT · by inflorida · 55 replies · 2,139+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 29, 2010
    Indian doctors are studying an 83-year-old holy man who claims to have spent the last seven decades without food and water. Military doctors hope the experiments on Prahlad Jani can help soldiers develop their survival strategies.The long-haired and bearded yogi is under 24-hour observation by a team of 30 specialists during three weeks of tests at a hospital in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.Two cameras have been set up in his room, while a mobile camera films him when he goes outside, guaranteeing round-the-clock observation.His body will be scanned and his brain and heart activity measured with electrodes."The observation...