4 – FAST

Fourth Rule:  FAST

m-20y daughter, I come to teach you about the conduct during fasting. I know that you have great difficulties in maintaining a fast on bread and water. Your malaise is associated with the dehydration of the organism and the procrastination in consuming a meal until the moment in which you already begin to feel ill. Try to drink warm water since the early morning, to warm up and stimulate the organism, and after eat breakfast consisting only of bread. However, eat at least two slices of bread, regardless of whether you are hungry or not.

The secret of fasting resides in being able to resist temptation. You will manage to withstand the fast and offer it to Me, if you ask Me for it earlier and if you realize prior to it why you are fasting and what is the reason for your resolution. I ask for a fast for two reasons. Firstly, I desire a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the world. Secondly, I desire to lead you to Heaven, and the fast is a path to the sanctification of the soul. It is much easier for the man who is fasting to accept spiritual gifts than for the one who is not fasting.

Another important condition in keeping a fast is not consuming a hearty meal the evening of the day before. Contrary to appearances, it does not help at all. It is better to eat lightly and wake up with a light stomach than being tired and without strength from the very beginning of the day. In general, if you eliminate excessive intake of food, then it will also be easier for the organism to accept the fast.

If you will fast regularly, the pain will disappear. If not regularly, you will keep struggling with it. The resolution about fasting should be constant. If you find yourself a justification once, you will always look for it. This is why it was easier for you at the beginning, and then more and more difficult, because you did not allow yourself any reprieve and you did not even consider the possibility of breaking the fast. The decision to undertake a fast on a particular day should be irrevocable. If you have already decided this, persevere. Then, this one temptation to abandon the fast will leave you. Remember that this is one of the few things for which I ask you, and unfortunately it is one of the most reluctantly realized requests. I know that this is not easy for you, but it is an easy way to gain the souls of sinners for Me. Think about others, about people who do not know God and sacrifice yourselves for them, because without your sacrifice I can not help them.

In the moment of the strongest temptation, try to immediately offer the fast in some intention. It can be My intention. You can offer it in the intention of sinners, the souls in Purgatory, peace in the world, your homeland, or a concrete matter that is important to you. I ask you however for the inclusion of fasting into your life, because you need it very much.  I also need it very much, and this is why I ask you for help through this sacrifice.  Ask the Holy Spirit for help, so He might be in control of your bodies. Fulfill My recommendations, and the fast will become possible for you. Not only that, it will become desirable for you. I will support you in these efforts, but do not give up; go ahead with this sacrifice because I ask for it.

Thanks to your efforts, I can hold back a lot of evil and many of its effects. However, I need your sacrifices. This is very important. Try to carry out My will at least for one month, and you will see and become convinced that you will be full of peace and it will be easier for you to master your emotions. A change already visible to you will occur in your souls, and I will perform changes in your surroundings. Believe in the strength of this sacrifice. Unite your fast with the fast of Jesus, and offer Him your temptations; remember that He also was tempted and persevered.

I will be very happy if you listen to Me, because many of you want to serve Me, but you are waiting for My graces. I also wish to make use of you, but without your collaboration I can not accomplish much even in yourselves, let alone toward others, for whom you ask Me. Do not leave Me alone, but help Me to save the world and numerous souls. Listen only to what I ask you for, and we will accomplish a great deal. I ask you for obedience and that you take deep into your heart My requests and try to fulfill them. Then, you will truly become My children and show Me your love, because the child who loves his mother fulfills her requests. Amen. I bless you all in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Translated from : Reguła Mariańska Rycerzy Chrystusa Króla, Żertw Ofiarnych I wszystkich dzieci Maryi. Grzechynia 2014, p. 28-32

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