Charity and fasting

The following is from ZENIT news service. I thought it was very insighful and helpful for us to remember that we don’t fast from things to hoard them for tomorrow, but we should seek to share that which we fast from with those in need.  As the reflection reminds us, our great poverty in america is a poverty of spirituality.  Be generous with your faith this week and share wit those you encounter.  They may be starving for the food which gives everlasting life!

“How splendid is fasting
That is adorned with love,
Break your bread generously with one who is hungry
Otherwise yours is not fasting but saving.”
With this chant of Vespers of Tuesday of Lent, the Maronite liturgy, imbued with the theology of the Syriac Fathers, links fasting and Lent closely with charity. At a time in which for many fasting is, in fact, a form of dieting, the Church, which teaches through the liturgy, reminds us that Christian fasting is much more than abstinence from food.
The Apostle Paul had no doubts about the fact that charity is the crown of the Christian virtues, and fasting that is not embellished by the splendor of charity is vain. And the Apostle John clarifies that the corner stone of true charity is its practice and concreteness. Hence, he exhorts: “Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).
Poverty has different faces, and Mother Teresa, who was so familiar with poverty and material hunger, said one day that in the Western world – where people seem to be richer – there is a greater hunger and a graver poverty than that found in the alleys of Calcutta: it is spiritual poverty, the lack of meaning and the indigence of those who have renounced their Lord, source, meaning and end of our existence.