Question of the Day for Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Fasting Before Mass?
Q. What is the reason for abstaining from eating or drinking anything one hour before receiving the Eucharist?
J.T., via e-mail
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
St. John the Baptist prepared the way of the Lord with fasting and penance, because fasting makes room in the heart, mind, body and soul for the Lord. We fast before holy Communion for the same reason: to prepare the way for the Lord; to make room for Him; to “clean house.”
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