At that time, 14 John's disciples approached Jesus and asked: "why do we and the Pharisees practiced fasting, but your disciples?" 15 Jesus said to them: "by the way, the friends of the groom can mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? Days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. So yes, they jejuarão ".
The function of fasting is to become free, Freedmen, self-control, self-control upon us. So fasting is connected to the prayer, and the prayer is feeding the fasting. It's not simply spend the day without eating, sulk, fia, with headache. This fasting does not please the God. Fasting is to be offered to God, to the invoked upon us, in order for him to help us control terms about our nature. What is the fast that pleases God? It's not simply stop eating, the important thing is that you really have a discipline in relation to food, is necessary, it is serious for our physical, mental health, psychological and spiritual. When fasting is well lived, especially done in the spirit of prayer, of God, he will give up the shaping Interior inclinations. So, a great way for our spiritual life, to our mystique in relation to God, to our auto field, self-control, is don't give up fasting. Fasting, which is not spiritual worship, is simply an abstinence from food. For example: the person will draw blood and run out of coffee, spending so many hours without eating. That's one thing, but I'm talking about that, now it's time for the meal and give it up or make it in a different way, to offer to God and, really, say ' no ' to my nature. Fasting is practiced not only in these days [Lent], because, often, we need to practice it in times of our lives, to break the yokes within us, negative inclinations, to break, in fact, unfair chains that are within our heart. Fasting is a holy, blessed and sweet medicine.
Adapted by Flávio from site CN
Senhor, que nosso jejum seja um modo de entrega a Ti para quebrarmos os jugos dentro de nós, as inclinações negativas, as cadeias injustas que estão dentro do nosso coração.
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!