Fasting Fear

“For the Lord is gracious and merciful and prefers the conversion of a sinner rather than his death. Patient and generous in his mercy, he does not give in to human impatience but is willing to wait a long time for our repentance.”  St. Jerome

I’m counting on it, St. Jerome!  There are several members of my extended family that I pray for daily.  They are truly good, kindhearted  people who have lost their faith in religion.  They believe in God, but don’t seem to have a “relationship” with Him. I treasure my relationship with my Heavenly Father so much, that I want the whole world to experience this love for themselves. I pray for my family – myself included – that God will grant us all a deep and lasting conversion. It has been my experience that when we but make the slightest turning toward Him, He meets us more than half way!

I was challenged recently about my desire for the conversion of someone for whom I had been praying.  This knowledgeable, holy person asked me if I had tried fasting.  He said that “fasting puts the power behind prayer.”  I hadn’t thought of that before.  I was praying faithfully, but not really sacrificing anything personally for this prayer intention.  So….how badly did I want this conversion?  What was I willing to do?  Wow!

This person recommended that I start small since my body is not accustomed to fasting. He suggested giving up snacks, or dessert, or even radio/television two days a week, along with prayer.  My very human fear is, “What if God takes a long time to work, as He did in the case of St. Augustine?”  I could be praying and fasting for thirty years like St. Aug’s mother, Monica.  I don’t think I have the will!  I’m going to give it a try, and will let you know how I do.  Do you have someone in your family that weighs heavy on your heart each day?  Would you consider fasting with me for that soul?


About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 10, 16 and 23. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!
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