The Spirituality of Fasting

Rediscovering a Christian Practice

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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This treasury of spiritual wisdom draws on sources ancient and current—from Augustine to Michael Pollan—to consider anew how fasting informs the relationships between creator/creature, body/soul, and rich/poor.

In a timely response to Pope Benedict's urging that the value and meaning of fasting need to be “rediscovered and encouraged again in our day,” The Spirituality of Fasting is excellent for small groups, parish retreats, homily preparation, and recommended Lenten reading lists.

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Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594712432

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “A very positive contribution.”

    “This reader-friendly text, sensitive to holistic emphases in contemporary spirituality, anchors in the Bible and the formative centuries of Christian life, a still valuable but now-neglected practice. Msgr. Charles Murphy's treatment of fasting makes a very positive contribution towards shoring up the three traditional pillars of Judaeo-Christian piety—prayer, fasting, works of charity—in harmonious relation to one another.”

    Rev. Thomas Ryan, C.S.P.
    Author of Fasting Rediscovered

  • “Deeply helpful.”

    “For those of us seriously seeking to renew our spiritual lives, Msgr. Murphy's comprehensive book gives a deeply helpful understanding of the indispensable rediscovery of fasting as a pillar of our faith and an integral part of our lifelong quest for the Lord Jesus.”

    Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi
    Author of The Faith We Profess

  • “Impressive!”

    “The range and depth of this little book are impressive! Msgr. Charles Murphy presents a comprehensive history of fasting and offers a sound rationale for the need to revive this ancient practice. A must-read for any serious Christian and a wonderful resource for adult faith formation, small faith communities, or parish social justice committees.”

    Susan Lang Abbott
    Director of Religious Education
    Archdiocese of Boston

  • “Eloquent.”

    “This eloquent, historically enlightening, and practical guide to a Catholic and religious understanding of fasting motivates us to take a new look at an old virtue. Must reading for anyone serious about finding the only real food that can quench their hunger and thirst for God and for growing in compassion and greater charity.”

    Walter E. Grazer
    Author of Catholics Going Green

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