Ezekiel 4:16 Then he said to me: Son of man, I am breaking the staff of bread in Jerusalem. They shall eat bread which they have weighed out anxiously, and they shall drink water which they have measured out fearfully.
“My child, I have been telling you in many ways that there is much to come, hardship, tears, woe. You will know weariness you have never known before. Strengthen yourself with prayer and fasting, for no human means will provide the strength you need. Enter into the wound at my side, the very source of mercy. Bring with you all those I have given you to pray for–leave no one out, for I desire all to be saved. Little one, the tide has turned and there is no going back. What has begun cannot now be stopped except by Divine intervention. Your Father’s mercy is not exhausted. Pray, fast, offer sacrifices, and give alms so that your Father’s just anger will be appeased. Child, the patience of God is everlasting, but because of the poor and helpless who are victimized daily, the correction must come. This too is mercy. Child–pray!”
Heavenly Father, in the Divine Will grant me the grace I need to fast well in reparation for the countless sins of the age. For the sake of his sorrowful passion may those whose lives are demanded of them be saved from final damnation. Jesus and Mary be with us. Holy Angels guide us. Jesus we trust in YOU. Amen.