FASTING AND ANTIPATHY TO TASTY FOODS IS A WEAPON AGAINST TEMPTATIONS

Life on earth is possible because of foods.Foods are fuels of the human machine and it is for food that we, human beings have chosen different kinds of occupations on this earth.Some are noble,some are considered as not of good standard.Some are respectable while the others are despicable. The motive is same,to survive that is to make sure that the body machine doesn’t stop abruptly.Some people have taken up begging as an occupation for the same purpose.Does that matter?No,not at all,because the ultimate motive is to LIVE in any curcumstance.

There are two groups :one with plenty and the other is with little. The problem is with the people who can afford sumptuous meals.They also have access to all the other luxurious materials of this earth.Nowadays we find a particular theory according to which the pleasure loving people not only have enough fun and enjoyment but they are also having more risks of physical problems in life. They are the ones who approach the best physician for treatment and to avail the best and costly medicines.

This is just one aspect, there is also another aspect and that is the spiritual death.Pleasure loving people don’t like to fast, they cannot stay away from tasty foods as they cannot control themselves. This is the mystery of living long and living a happy life.It’s not possible to have a check over good things all of a sudden, it has to happen slowly and steadily.Too much of anything is poison, similarly we have to get used to the fact that for a disease free life we must check ourselves when we have plenty.

When we are able to have control over foods, we can save ourselves from not only diseases but also from the urge to argue,to criticise, to quarrel and to acquire immense power to FIGHT TEMPTATIONS LIKE LUST.The sin of this century is lust, the sin of flesh,Most people are capable of staying away from other sins but not the sin of flesh.To fight against this sin we have to prepare ourselves by eating only what is required and by fasting in a easy way, for short time.At the same time if we consider ourselves as children of God then we have certainly inherited the quality of generosity from God the father that means when we save we can help the underprivileged people of the society, the unfortunate people who can not earn and be symbols like God the father.Then as true children of God we will certainly be able to stay away not only from temptations but also from diseases and be called as the blessed ones because blessed people live long to look after the creations as God’s representatives.

A PRAYER TO COMBAT SIN OF FLESH

O MY CRUCIFIED JESUS, CRUCIFY TO THE WOOD OF THE CROSS MY DISORDERED DESIRES OF FLESH, DISORDERD DESIRES OF EYES,PRIDE IN POSSESION AND DESIRE FOR THE PLEASURES OF LIFE FROM MY BIRTH TILL MY DEATH,HIDE ME LORD JESUS IN YOUR WOUNDS IN TIMES OF TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS O PIERCED HEART OF JESUS I TAKE REFUGE IN YOU. AMEN

(COURTESY :REV.FR GEORGE ARACKAL VC FOR COMPOSING THIS PRAYER.)

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