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Ask Dr. Denton: It's Lent. Can You Explain the Effects of Fasting? Comments

Prayer and fasting leads us to a deeper closeness to God and to peace and beauty within.  Interestingly, fasting also gives our body a time to clean out the weight of a heavy year. Fasting on a purely physical level does have some significant and wonderful benefits. The benefits of fasting are not just about the physical world, they are also about the spiritual world. Fasting is about becoming identified in solidarity with the poor.  Continue Reading

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  1. Angela Uzzle
    3 years ago

    Thank you for the medical explanation and directives for fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. I was not sure how to safely go about it. One question: how does my fasting help the poor? I already give generously to my brother's mission in Eldoret, East Kenya.

    Thank you,


  2. Troy
    3 years ago

    One thing that I have heard is that by fasting you are denying your body something that it wants and learning to master the desires of your body. It strengthens the spirit and weakens the temptations of the flesh. Remember, we are spirit and flesh. Mary, Our Lady, has repeated asked for prayer AND fasting from us when she has appeared.

  3. jacqueline
    3 years ago

    This morning I found the answer for fasting for Lent. Thank you, Very informative,; now I know when, how, what I can eat; spiritual and health benefits.

  4. audrey
    3 years ago

    thank you for this timely article. I am looking forward to Lent - the spiritual cleansing of my soul.

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