Fasting, almsgiving and prayer.
The function of fasting is to make us free, free, to have self-control, self-control over ourselves. That is why fasting is linked to prayer, and prayer is what fuels fasting. It's not just spending the day without eating, sulking, frowning, with a headache. This fasting does not please God. Fasting is to be offered to God, to call upon Him, in order for Him to help us have control over our nature. What is the fast that pleases God? It is not simply to stop eating, the important thing is that we really have a discipline in relation to food, it is necessary, it is serious for our physical, psychological, psychological and spiritual health. When fasting is well lived, especially in the spirit of prayer, surrender to God, it shapes the inner inclinations. Therefore, an excellent path for our spiritual life, for our relationship with God, for our self-control, self-control, is not to give up fasting. Fasting, which is not spiritual worship, is simply an abstinence from food. For example: the person will draw blood and go without coffee, spending so many hours without eating. This is one thing, but to know that, now it's time for the meal and give it up or do it in a different way, to offer to God and, really, to say 'no' to my nature. Fasting is not practiced just on this day or during Lent, as we often need to practice fasting at times in our life, to break the yokes within us, negative inclinations, injustices. Fasting is a holy, blessed and sweet remedy.
Adapted by Flávio.
Senhor, que meu jejum seja um modo de entrega a Ti para quebrar os jugos, as inclinações negativas, as injustiça. Ensina-me a orar e vigiar. Oh meu Pai, eu te agradeço por todas as Tuas Bênçãos em minha oração e jejum, em nome do Teu filho Jesus Cristo, na unidade do Espírito Santo. Amém.
Traçando o sinal da cruz em seu/ua filho/a: Abençoe a você (nome do filho/a), nosso Deus que é † Pai, Filho e Espírito Santo, para que você filho/a viva sempre no amor de Deus e fazendo só o bem a todos. Amém!
By tracing the sign of the cross in you say: Bless me Lord God that is † father, son, and holy spirit, to live always in your love and doing good to all. Amen!
By tracing the sign of the cross on your son/daughter/au: Bless you (name of child), our God who is † father, son, and holy spirit, for you child alive always in love of God and doing good to all. Amen!