In his Letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Madison, Bp. Morlino (aka The Extraordinary Ordinary) recommended the observance of Ember Days in September as days of fasting and abstinence in reparation for sin.
He reminded us that “some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting”. (Cf. Matthew 17:21)
We are, right now, surrounded by demons, especially demons of sodomy.
From a reader…
Thank you very much the last two podcasts. I found particularly rewarding Father Altier’s sermon and his image of Mother Mary coming to clean the room. [Yeah.. that was great!] I would like to incorporate fasting, as well as rededicating myself to a daily rosary, into my prayer. Know the contemporary rules set forth by the USCCB are not at stringent as they were in former times, can you provide a more meaningful exercise for fasting?
The USCCB’s rules for the Eucharistic fast and for other days of penance are, shall we shall, inadequate for a sound Catholic identity.
We all, I think, should do something along the lines of self-denial in reparation for the sins that have been committed.
What immediately occurred to me was “eat less”. It sounds a little flippant, but, there it is. Or, cut out a specific food you like.
However, a second thought came. For some years I have met a fellow at Acton University, Andy LaVallee, who has developed a “fasting bread” company. He bakes nutritious breads suitable for fasting on bread and water.
I am not sure about what this interesting entrepreneur is up to right now with his fasting breads. However, he wrote a book about it.