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Secrets Of The Saints: The Forgotten Spiritual Power Of Fasting 

Secrets Of The Saints: The Forgotten Spiritual Power Of Fasting 

*Secrets of the Saints*

*The Forgotten Spiritual Power of Fasting.* 



There’s a powerful spiritual discipline recommended by Our Lord Jesus Christ in Scripture and practiced by all the saints, but that seems to have been mostly forgotten in our day: fasting.



Fasting, or the intentional abstinence of food for a period of time, is hugely counter cultural. In a culture where physical pleasure is the highest good, why would we intentionally withhold something as good, satisfying, and necessary as food?
The fact we need food so much is actually precisely why fasting is so powerful. To temporarily withhold something so necessary for life forces us to focus on spiritual things that are even more important. As Christ himself says in Scripture, “One does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4.4).

*Here are 10 quotes from the saints on why this is such an important spiritual practice:* 

1) *St. Augustine* 


“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.”


2) *St. Peter Chrysologus* 


“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.”


3) *St. Jane Frances Chantal* 


“God hides the prize of eternal glory in our mortifications and in the victory of ourselves, which we always strive for with great gentleness.”


4) *St. Isaac the Syrian*

 

“When a man begins to fast, he straightway yearns in his mind to enter into converse with God.”


5) *St. Gregory the Great*

 

“It is impossible to engage in spiritual conflict, without the previous subjugation of the appetite.”


6) *St. John Chrysostom* 


“Fasting is the support of our soul: it gives us wings to ascend on high, and to enjoy the highest contemplation! […] God, like an indulgent father, offers us a cure by fasting.”


7) *St. Francis De Sales* 


“Besides the ordinary effect of fasting in raising the mind, subduing the flesh, confirming goodness, and obtaining a heavenly reward, it is also a great matter to be able to control greediness, and to keep the sensual appetites and the whole body subject to the law of the Spirit; and although we may be able to do but little, the enemy nevertheless stands more in awe of those whom he knows can fast.”


8) *St. Catharine of Sienna* 


“Without mortifying the taste, it is impossible to preserve innocence, since it was by the indulgence of his appetite that Adam fell.”


9) *St. Basil* 


“Penance without fasting is useless and vain; by fasting [we] satisfy God.”


10) *St. Alphonsus De Ligouri* 


“He that gratifies the taste will readily indulge the other senses; for, having lost the spirit of recollection, he will easily commit faults, by indecent words and by unbecoming gestures. But the greatest evil of intemperance, is that it exposes chastity to great danger.”

13 Absolutely Powerful Things Saints Want You To Know About The Rosary

13 Absolutely Powerful Things Saints Want You To Know About The Rosary

In studying the lives of our saints who have lived before us and being examples for us who strive to be saints, one this is very common among our great saints and this is simple devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to the Holy Rosary.

These saints developed a deep inner relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary and they prayed the Rosary frequently.

Here are 13 quotes from the Saints that show us the importance of this prayer.

“The Rosary is my favorite prayer.”
– St. John Paul II

“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.”
– St. Padre Pio

“When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better.”
– St. Anthony Mary Claret

“The Holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”
– St. Josemaria Escriva

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many — on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
– St. Bernardine of Siena

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”
– St. Frances de Sales

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
– St. Louis de Montfort

“Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the most Holy Rosary. ”
– St. Alphonsus Liguori

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
– Blessed Pope Pius IX

“The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection.”
– Pope St. John XXIII

“I take refuge, then, in prayer, and turn to Mary, and our Lord always triumphs.”
– St. Therese of Lisieux

“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
– Blessed Alan de la Roche

“There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
– Sister Lucia, of the seers of Fatima

Can you remember any other quote? Please use the comment box below.

The Saints And The Rosary, Great Rosary Quotes From Great Men Of God.

The Saints And The Rosary, Great Rosary Quotes From Great Men Of God.

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“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
Pope Blessed Pius IX

“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

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The True Presence Of Jesus In The Eucharist: Quotes From The Saints

The True Presence Of Jesus In The Eucharist: Quotes From The Saints

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“As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins. By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him… Catechism of the Catholic Church (1394)

Quotes from Saints:

One of the most admirable effects of Holy Communion is to preserve the soul from sin, and to help those who fall through weakness to rise again. It is much more profitable, then, to approach this divine Sacrament with love, respect, and confidence, than to remain away through an excess of fear and scrupulosity. – St. Ignatius of Loyola

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