A Lenten fast is a little
different than other fasts. The Lenten fast is an intentional imitation of
Christ as He fasted forty days in the desert. So in the end, the purpose of a
Lenten fast is for us to be united with Christ and to grow in a deep, personal
relationship with Him.
Pope Francis tells us to fast from
indifference, and from inaction. These
forty days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving is nice but we must also do
something for others as Isiah 58 tells us, “untie the oppressed, break their
heavy yoke, feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked, look the
poor in the face”. On Ash Wednesday the
Prophet Joel tells us to tear our hearts not our garments. In other words, our
prayer, fasting and almsgiving should produce good fruit.