Mmm, since the Church has a long history of fasting. Long history.
Yes, but not self-imposed unhealthy fasting.
I would think that I would be getting better responses.
You’re getting honest, wise responses, perhaps just not what you wanted to hear.
My spiritual director is involved, he’s just very busy and can’t do more than pray with me once a week and give me guidance on occasion.
Then make this the sole subject of your next meeting, and don’t begin an extreme fast without his permission. Or go to your pastor or regular confessor.
Fasting is one of the three pillars of Lent. It is one of the things that almost every Hermit in the Church has done when getting away from the materialism of the world. Fasting is over and over again supported by the beliefs and teachings of the Church. Every Saint in the faith has turned from food in one way or another, giving it up in fasting or giving what they have away (if you have less, doesn’t that make you fast?) The Benedictine Rule is rife with fasting, and abstinence from meat. Early monasteries all practiced fasting and abstinence. It took the monks of Bebenhausen 3 CENTURIES before they were allowed to have heated tile furnaces. In their entire history, they never had meat. They were founded By St. Bernhard of Clairvieux.
This is normally done under supervision and obedience to superiors.
Over and over again, we are encouraged to fast, in fact almost every reading in the Breviary this week talks of fasting. We are encouraged no fast from the material, especially food.
But this does not mean to eat nothing for an extended period of time. Taking on an extreme fast without medical and ecclesial permission can be a source of pride, and can endanger our health, both of which can be sinful and contrary to the spirit of Lent.
I haven’t given up living, merely gone to a juice fast.
The commandment “Thou shalt not kill” includes doing anything to ourselves that will harm our health.
I wasn’t looking for ways to get out of it, but rather ways of strengthening and helping my fast. I drink plenty, I am healthy and although I should have seen a doctor before going on the fast, I didn’t because I saw one recently and I haven’t changed since then.
If you are doing this without asking your doctor’s permission, you may be afraid of what his/her answer will be.
Oh and I have worked with dietitians, PT experts and all sorts. The reality is that I need to break my addiction to food. Diets don’t cut it for me. I sabotage them. I have done day or several day fasts, but this is the first time I have gone to a longer fast.
It would be more pleasing to God for you to follow the dietitians’ advice than to go your own way.
Sorry to sound snipey, it’s just frustrating to come here, of all places, and get negatives. This is a difficult row I have chosen to hoe and really don’t want the negativism … especially from here.
What you interpret as “negativism” is forum members’ honest concern for your health (physical and spiritual).