Across almost all cultures and religions, fasting has been an ancient spiritual practice. Its main rationale is that by detaching ourselves from certain desires, we awaken deeper hungers.
It’s hard for us to experience that. Most of the time, we’re dominated by our sensual desires–our desires for food, drink, sex, and pleasure. Yet it’s by fasting from these admittedly good things that we allow deeper hungers to emerge. That includes, perhaps most of all, the desire for God, the desire for intimacy and communion with him.
Today, choose one shallow desire to detach yourself from–not by suppressing it, but by distancing yourself from it. In doing so you’ll awaken your deeper hunger for God.
“By detaching ourselves from certain desires, we awaken deeper hungers.”
– Father Robert Barron