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“Fasting begets prophets and strengthens strong men. Fasting makes lawgivers wise; it is the soul’s safeguard, the body’s trusted comrade, the armor of the champion, the training of the athlete.” — St. Basil, Bishop of Caesarea (AD 330–379). Here’s some practical fasting guidelines from my friends at the International House of Prayer.
Here’s the rough cut of a promo video I’m working on for the Steubenville Youth Conference. I shot all of the video footage and there’s hours more to go through. Please share some of your thoughts and opinions to help me shape the final cut. Thanks!
Matthew Leonard and I share about a renewed understanding of fasting when observed through the lens of Catholicism via voluntary penance and redemptive suffering. The son of a Protestant pastor, Matthew served as a missionary in Latin America previous to his conversion to Catholicism in 1998.
After entering the Church, he obtained a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and is now is the Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (http://bit.ly/nD86jb) and you can follow Matthew on Twitter @MattSLeonard.
Today was my first Mass as a commissioned Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in the Diocese of Steubenville. My heart was truly humbled as I distributed the precious Eucharist for the first time.