Tag: Praying

Catholic fasting via voluntary penance and redemptive suffering w/ Matthew Leonard

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.

Keith w/ Fr. Dennis Gang, TOR

Fr. Dennis Gang, a TOR Franciscan Friar, shares what fasting does for him as well as some the spiritual direction that he gives students and spiritual directees concerning fasting.

Day 20: Keith w/ Nick Jorgensen

Day 20: Today Nick Jorgensen joined me and shared about what God did for him during his 20-day bread & water fast. Plus information that a friend with a Ph.D in microbiology told me concerning what the body needs during a water-only fast. Topics: Electrolytes and Psyllium seed husks.

Interview on “The Journey Home” with Marcus Grodi

Here’s the archive of my interview on EWTN’s “The Journey Home” with Marcus Grodi that aired tonight. I explained how I got to Russia, met my wife, became an ordained Vineyard pastor and church planter, joined staff at the International House of Prayer Official Page, then finally returned to the Church of my childhood by reading the lives of Catholic saints and mystics mixed with fasting.

Day 40: Should I eat or continue?

Should I eat or continue? All my friends at IHOP are rejoicing about breaking their 40-fast today. I have lost 25 lbs. during this fast as well as other things in my soul and flesh. But I have been a little distracted during this fast because we have had guest from Poland staying at our house the ENTIRE time. Iwona and I have been cooking meals for them, driving them around, spending a lot of late nights talking with them. I really enjoy them, but during an extended fast you really start to draw inwardly and want to spend more time alone and read a lot more. I was not afforded that luxury this time.

Today, I took some Poles to Sweet Tomatoes for lunch after taking them shopping. The salad and soup looked so good, I decided to have a salad and soup.

It did not satisfy me. I am hungry and thirsty for more of God. I decided to “Press Delete” on that meal and continue with my fast. How long will I go? I don’t know right now. Maybe until I get a breakthrough. I yearn to be alone and alone with Him.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love You! Take me away with you – let us hurry! Song of Songs 1:1-4