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Pope Benedict XVI: Remember Lenten fast

In Benedict XVI, Catholicism, Christianity, Church, Faith, Food, God, Holidays, Jesus, Liturgy, News, Prayer, Religion, Spirituality on February 11, 2009 at 02:55

This is an excellent reminder, for at Lent we commemorate how Christ suffered and died that we might rise to new life in Him…

We learned of this from Room with a View, which, quoting VOA News, said that:

Pope Benedict XVI is asking Catholics to rediscover the spiritual meaning of fasting during the upcoming period of Lent…

… [H]e says the real reason to deny yourself food and drink is to get closer to God’s word and become aware that many people have nothing.

Pope Benedict also urged followers to encourage others to pray and help the needy during Lent…

This is an excellent and timely reminder, founded on love of God and neighbor, which we hope all Christians of the one true Church (especially our pasta-gobbling self) will follow.  Note that Ash Wednesday (25 February 2009) and Clean Monday (2 March 2009) are approaching, on which dates Latin and Eastern Catholics begin to commemorate how Christ our Lord suffered and died that we might rise to new life in Him.  We are therefore mandated to make a fitting remembrance and preparation by fasting on these dates; but even if it were not required, what better way is there to begin Lent than with the very askesis with which Christ began the years of His public ministry (see St. Matthew iv, 2)?

By the way, today (it’s already Wednesday, 11 February 2009, in Manila) we remember the apparition at Lourdes of the Blessed Virgin Mary, according to the calendar (online here) of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite.  Therefore, in honor of the great things done by our Lord for His immaculate Mother (see St. Luke i, 49), we say: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

And may God bless us all.

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