"Why do we and the Pharisees fast much,
but your disciples do not fast?"
Jesus answered them, "Can the wedding guests mourn
as long as the bridegroom is with them?
The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast."
Why do we fast?
A fast is the preparation for the feast. Would you eat a big meal if you were going to a wedding reception? No, you would make sure you would go with a hearty appetite, so you could fill up on the fine food that would be served.
Fasting is also good for the spirit. It frees the spirit from the constant demands of the body. It also puts us in communion with those who have little to eat. Fasting is and exercise in discipline.
with your loving care
guide the penance we have begun.
Help us to persevere with love and sincerity.