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November 7, 2011 A.D.
 

Bread, the very basics of foods, yet to deny oneself and eat only bread is a very trying and challenging thing to do. In our modern culture, it is easy to think of the great sacrifice that eating only bread is, yet for centuries, bread was the only thing most had to live on. Here is one feedback we received today, Nov. 7 from someone joining the Medjugorje fast from the Philippines:


It is Nov 7 here in the Philippines and I am still holding on the 9 day fast, though I must admit it is very, very difficult since I am not used to this and this is the first time I am doing it. But I do now understand how it is to be able to deny one's body and offer everything to God. Somehow it is God's grace that is pulling me through to hopefully complete it. Please do pray for me as well. Thank you.

E.B.
Pasig City - Philippines


The Community of Caritas, following the witness of our founder, A Friend of Medjugorje has incorporated Our Lady’s call for fasting into our way of life based on the four basic messages of Medjugorje: peace, prayer, fasting, and penance. Our Lady said that all the other messages come from these four.


From 'A Way' In a New Time, Community of Caritas Way of Life by A Friend of Medjugorje we read:

“We fast on bread and water twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as other designated days throughout the year. We begin teaching and training our children at a young age to incorporate sacrifice into their lives. This is not done through pressure or force, but largely through our own witness of offering sacrifices often and with joy…”


Our children join the fast with us for all or part of the 9-day fasts that we do. It brings them the joy of accomplishment and helps them begin their spiritual journey.


Through a talk, A Friend of Medjugorje also brings to light an irrefutable point:


“A major point to be made, that many would not expect children to fast, is the fact that Our Lady's visionaries of Medjugorje include one who was only 10 years old. And all six visionaries were called upon to fast on bread and water. Many would think it too hard, even cruel for a mother to expect such fasting from a 10 year old child. But not this Queen Mother, a mother who knows what is best for Her children, even little children.”

 

Dani Kruhna, Day of Bread 2011

A day that is traditionally known as Dani Kruha or Day of Bread, the above picture was taken recently October 14, 2011 in Medjugorje. The donations collected traditionally will go toward the poor, or for the local school. A Friend of Medjugorje has always felt that a fostering of a 'love for bread,' results in a love for fasting, and a love for God. The Community of Caritas teaches this in our 'Way of Life.' The picture above is an example of incorporating fasting into your way of life, by teaching and fostering a love for bread, which transforms into a love for fasting, and a love for God. By remembering our dependence on Him, we offer sacrifices knowing that all is sustained through His grace.

 

This morning, November 7, 2011, the Community of Caritas in their morning prayer picked this message of Our Lady randomly from Words from Heaven:

 

September 16, 1986:

"Dear children, today again I thank you for all that you have accomplished for me in these days. Especially, dear children, I thank you in the name of Jesus for the sacrifices which you offered during this past week. Dear children, you are forgetting that I desire sacrifices from you so I can help you and to drive satan away from you. Therefore, I am calling you again to offer sacrifices with a special reverence toward God. Thank you for having responded to my call."

 

A Friend of Medjugorje's grandchildren helping to make bread

Bread making is a special event in the Community. In the picture above, the grandchildren of the founder are helping their grandmother to make bread, a recipe that was brought by the founder's ancestors from Italy, over 100 years ago. The founder, A Friend of Medjugorje, coming from a strong Catholic family, had the example of his mother making bread every Friday for the parish priest. This bread recipe makes 20 loaves. While that may seem like a lot of bread, this is the second batch being made during the 9-day fast. As a love for bread is fostered in this culture of the 'way of life,' this is being passed down from one generation to another, as the founder's children learned to make bread at the side of their mother, now the founder's children's children learn at the side of their parents and grandparents.

In the below picture, while the bread dough is being stirred, yeast is being poured in. Bread like this is an all day event, from kneading periodically, rising, to baking and eating. What does the bread taste like? It tastes like love.


A Friend of Medjugorje's grandchildren helping to make bread 2

 

In answer to most of the requests, we do intend to publish in the future some more information on fasting, as well as bread recipes. For more information on fasting you can download the Fasting booklet free by clicking here.

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