Is 58:5 – 7
With such fasting, with a day’s penance, should I be content? Is it enough that a man should bow down to earth, make his bed on sackcloth and ashes? Think you, by such a fasting-day, to win the Lord’s favour? Nay, fast of mine is something other. The false claim learn to forgo, ease the insupportable burden, set free the over-driven; away with every yoke that galls! Share thy bread with the hungry, give the poor and the vagrant a welcome to thy house; meet thou the naked, clothe him; from thy own flesh and blood turn not away.
To them Jesus said, Can you expect the men of the bridegroom’s company to go mourning, while the bridegroom is still with them? No, the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them; then they will fast.
Believing is possible only by grace and the interior helps of the Holy Spirit. But it is no less true that believing is an authentically human act. Trusting in God and cleaving to the truths he has revealed is contrary neither to human freedom nor to human reason. Even in human relations it is not contrary to our dignity to believe what other persons tell us about themselves and their intentions, or to trust their promises (for example, when a man and a woman marry) to share a communion of life with one another. If this is so, still less is it contrary to our dignity to “yield by faith the full submission of… intellect and will to God who reveals”, and to share in an interior communion with him.
In Conversation with God:
In Holy Scripture we see how fasting and other works of penance were performed before the commencement of any difficult task, to implore forgiveness for sin, to obtain the cessation of a calamity, to gain the grace needed for the fulfilment of a mission, to prepare oneself to come face to face with God etc. …
Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? … Nevertheless, When the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast. When Jesus is no longer visibly present, they will have need of mortification if they are to see him with the eyes of the soul…
You are afraid of penance? … Of penance, which will help you to obtain Life everlasting? And yet, in order to preserve this poor present life, don’t you see how men will submit to all cruel torture of a surgical operation?
… give me a revelation, show me what to do ’cause i’ve been trying to find my way, i haven’t got a clue, tell me, should i stay here or do i need to move, give me a revalation, i’ve got nothing without You, i’ve got nothing without You…