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Live the Fast Invited to International Conference

8/27/2013 - 8:18 AM PST

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"As a pledge of an abundance of Divine Blessings upon You and Yours, I paternally impart to all participants of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting my most Heartfelt Apostolic Blessing!" -Blessed John Paul II, October 1, 2001

Waltham, MA (August 27, 2013) - Live the Fast, Inc., which provides nutritious breads and educational materials to encourage prayer and fasting, has announced that founder Andrew LaVallee will be presenting at the 21st International Week of Prayer and Fasting (IWOPF) kickoff vigil at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC on September 21, 2013. The vigil begins at 9am will feature three keynote speakers and more than 1,500 attendees. LaVallee will speak about fasting, its benefits, how to fast correctly and why the US Bishops are calling us to fast. Other keynote speakers include Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), a 17-term member of the House of Representatives, and Robin Teresa Beck, author of "I Just Came for Ashes."

"But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, 'Why couldn't we drive it (demon) out?' He replied, 'This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.'" -Mark 9:27-9:29

"Jesus Himself says that prayer and fasting is the only means to drive out certain demons," said LaVallee. "Do we have demons in our society today? The attack on life? The attack on marriage? There are many issues in our society that need a solution. We must practice the Biblical solution given to us: prayer and fasting."

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops has recently heralded a call to fasting, citing today's fast paced culture and media as a distraction from faith.

The IWOPF recalls President Lincoln's appointing of the National Day of Fasting and Prayer on April 30, 1863. "We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hands which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us..." (News from Washington, NY Times) Lincoln requested all people to humble themselves before the Lord, to confess national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Fasting breads provided by Live the Fast are made with unbleached and untreated flour, with no additives and preservatives and with a variety of flavorful, nourishing ingredients that will help one maintain and finish a bread and water fast. Fasting kits also include prayer and fasting guides to aid a healthy fast.

LaVallee has been in the bakery business since 1969 and started LaVallee's Bakery Distributors in 1977. The company is known by their customers and colleagues for their excellent product mix, legendary customer service and business model based
on servant leadership.

About the International Week of Prayer and Fasting
The International Prayer and Fasting Campaign is a grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting for the goals of the week: conversion of nations, build a "Culture of Life," and establish peace throughout the world.
Established in 1992, the IWOPF has received two Papal blessings from Blessed John Paul II, and has had numerous keynote speakers such as Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, author and speaker Ted Flynn and many more.

To carry out our mission, IWOPF sponsors this conference every fall at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. They also encourage individuals, families and parishes to offer support through daily masses, holy hours, rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and fasting.

About Live the Fast
The mission of Live the Fast is to encourage the practice of prayer and fasting by providing a variety of exceptional, all-natural, nutritious breads, along with educational resources and a support community that will inspire one to live the fast. Inspired by the words of the Blessed Mother at Medjugorje, the Live the Fast team ministers to share the spiritual and physical benefits of fasting while teaching how to do it safely and effectively.
To learn more about Live the Fast, please visit


Live the Fast  MA, 02452 US
Darcie Guilbert - Director, 


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