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October 8, 2019 A.D.



October 6, 2019

“This will be tough but worth it.”

C.S., 9-Day Fast Participant from Gardner, Kansas






Our Lady said through Ivan, Friday, October 4, 2019:



“Know, dear children, when it is the most difficult that I am with you, with you—near you…”



We cannot escape difficult things, but, with Our Lady near us, it is worth it.



Pilgrim praying, October 4, 2019

Medjugorje October 4, 2019 - A pilgrim prays in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan, October 4, 2019.



Someone wrote to us this morning:

October 8, 2019

“It really will be my first time to fast in this way. I really appreciate if you could give me some observations. Thanks.”

M.P. - San Marcos, California



There are many things which a Friend of Medjugorje has addressed in the Answers about Fasting, section here. But, one thing we will bring up, is that when we are standing at the beginning of something like the 9-day fast which began yesterday, the ninth day seems a long ways away. However, overcoming the moments of weakness brings joy, peace and a new strength. We are not here to sympathize with you, to give you a “poor you” talk. What we will tell you is that when it becomes difficult, Our Lady is with you, near you. Do not give in to the moment, do not think too much ahead, but live every day with love, and be tough, be strong - you have Our Lady near you. A Friend of Medjugorje tells us that Our Lady is building a strong people. This fast will make you stronger every day, just as She wants us to be. Here are some words from others joining in this fast:



October 8, 2019

“I love this 9 day fast, it centers the soul. With the synod in play and the urgency in Our Lady’s messages, our fast feels very critical this year. I feel privileged to participate and to have the wisdom of the messages guiding my life.”

C.H. - Greensboro, North Carolina



October 9, 2019

“Signing up for the 9 day bread as water fast! So excited to join you all. Thank you for the invitation. God bless you on this mission. We pray for you daily.”

K.R. - Pulaski, Wisconsin



October 7, 2019

“I would like to join you for the 9 day fast on bread and water. Thank you for allowing me to participate.”

I.H. - Canada



October 6, 2019

“Thank you for organising the world fast. Although I live in England, we are all one family and are united with one cause, that all that Heaven has planned for our salvation through the Divine mercy, may come to pass, that the Immaculate Heart of Mary triumph, that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father. Please send me dates to complete a novena of fasting. Abundant blessings, shalom.”

C.S. - Nottinghamshire, England



October 5, 2019

“I’m hoping it is not too late to sign up for the bread and water fast. I will be happy to join with you in prayer and sacrifice. May God bless you all for all that you do for Our Lord and Our Lady.”

M.V. - Mt Laurel, New Jersey





It will be tough, but it will be worth it. If you have not yet added your name to the list, in the 9-day bread and water fast for the Beginning of Our Lady’s Reign, starting Monday October 7, 2019, be sure to contact Caritas in the U.S. at 205-672-2000, or visit here to request to have your name added to the list.

Medjugorje.com
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas



Have Questions About Fasting or need some recipes? Be sure to read the Fasting section with the most complete question and answers about fasting here…

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