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Hungry For God!

Last week I went without any food!

Was I starving myself?
Was I trying to loose weight, I mean, I lost 6 pounds?
Was I trying to save money?
Was I trying to be tough or show off?
Was I getting ready for surgery?

No, none of the above are reasons that I did not eat for one week. I was on a fast! This is the only reason that I did not eat any solid foods for five days then only one meal a day for two days. The reason I am telling you all this is because I feel more people need to fast.

I started reading about fasting in the scriptures more and more and I realized how many things the disciples in the early church fasted for. Then I start to read the lives of the Saints and I was able to see so much good and so many graces come from fasting. I started to yearn for those graces, my soul wanted more. It needed a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, I have a relationship with Him, but even in my great relationship with my wife or kids, I still want more time, love, understanding and knowledge of who they are. It was just the same with my God, I wanted more in my relationship with Christ, so I decided to give something up for Him and started fasting.

Sure I could give up TV or the computer, two things that probably would not be to bad to give up. But no, I know and you know that we can live perfectly fine without TV, computers, ipods and even cell phones. I am not saying it is not good to give up TV or even video games, but it was not enough. Plus, you don’t see the prophets of the Old Testament giving up their Dradle! No, they fasted from food. I wanted to fast from food because we all seem to think we cannot live without it, but Christ said, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'”-Matthew 4:4. He said this in his battle against Satan, during his 40 day fast before He started His ministry.

The reason I point this out is because so many of us have things we are going through whether it be a rough spot in our marriage, an indifference in our families, a porn addiction or some other type of addiction, job trouble or maybe no job at all, someone sick in our family or group of friends or maybe even death. We are all suffering, some great and some small, but we are all inflicted with evil. This is why we need to fast to deepen our relationship with Christ, to receive and understand the graces we have received from God, to discern, and to become holy.

I was fasting for direction and understanding, so that I may be a better husband, a better father and a better son of God. Not that I was a bad husband, father or son of God. It is just that I think you would all agree we could all do a little better, or sometimes a lot better. So I encourage you to join with me in some type of food fast. There are many types and you do not give up all solids in all of them, I am just an extreme person so sometimes I need to be extreme for God. For instance my wife gave up meat and cut back on snacks. Pray about it and then join me and millions of others who fast for whatever the may need to fast about.

To lean more about fasting, “Why and How?” you are welcome to join me tonight, Wednesday, at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center where I will be doing a talk on “Fasting and Prayer – God’s Plan for You” The information is below. Remember fasting can help you with whatever you are going through, it can even cure diseases and help you when you are lost or need the help that no one else can give.

Faith Unplugged Speakers Series
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
5440 Moeller Ave
Norwood, Ohio
513.351.9800
http://www.olhsc.org

February 11, 2009 7:00pm
Topic is Fasting and Prayer God’s Plan for You

Sub Tectum Meum

With the Vatican having approved new English translations of prayers for the Mass, some changes are certainly afoot. And while the changes aren’t as drastic as they were when the first English missal emerged, there are certainly a few spots where many of us will have to use cheat sheets. For instance, we know that the response to “the Lord be with you” will now be “and with your spirit,” which will reflect more accurately the original Latin.

One piece that doesn’t appear to be changing is the prayer before communion, “Lord, I am not worthy to recieve you…” I myself am an English speaker, but this is one of the select cases where I appreciate the Latin more than my own language. In the Latin, this prayer begins, Domine, non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meum, which is translatable as, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.” This piece of the liturgy comes from the parable of the centurion, who gave this response to Jesus, who in turn healed his daughter.

Many Catholics over the years have reflected on the Latin version of this prayer with an extra layer of mystical meaning, discerning the “roof” spoken of in this prayer as the roof of the mouth. I find this a valuable way to reflect when it comes to this particular part of Mass, when I prepare to recieve the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ under the roof of my mouth.

Update:According to the USCCB press release, the new wording for this prayer reads: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” I welcome the change!

-Matt Swaim