Train yourselves, my children…

Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ.

“My beloved child, do you see that those who are awaiting the coming of the returning King must discipline themselves and reject all that does not lead to Christ? Train yourselves, my children. Do not let the passing fads of the world distract you from your mission. This is the time to focus your attention on what the Lord is asking. The enemy will try to distract you in many ways, for he knows the best way to tempt you. That is why you must fast and pray. While food strengthens the body, fasting strengthens the spirit. Little one, pray to discern the call of God in the present moment. Then fulfill your duty with joy and faithfulness. In this way you will please God and advance the Kingdom.”

Jesus, in your mercy keep me from the distractions that interfere with the heavenly plan. Help me to live only and always in your will. Show me each day the fast I should keep so that all you desire may be accomplished in me, through the intercession of our Mother. Amen.

(Note from Pelianito: fasting can mean any number of things. Some feel called to fast on bread and water on certain days, but there are other fasts as well. For example, you may periodically fast from television, special treats, even your own will. Ask the Holy Spirit each day what he wishes you to fast from, and offer it to Our Lady. Do not look at how small the offering is, but as St. Louis-Marie de Montfort says, “If but a pin is given in homage, and given with a good heart, it will be enough for Jesus, Who loves only the good will.”)
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