Alberto Marvelli

Growing up, Alberto was especially influenced by his mother, who was the "Good Samaritan" of the Marvelli family and always kept open house for the poor. It was not uncommon for Alberto to see half his meal disappear right before his eyes so it could be given to the hungry. "Jesus has come, and he is hungry", his mother used to say. - Vatican News Service

The Saints on Fasting

Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.
– St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

The soul that journeys to God but doesn't shake off its cares and quiet its appetites, is like someone who drags a cart of dirt uphill.
– John of the Cross

Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.
– Francis de Sales

Obedience is a penance of reason, and, on that account, a sacrifice more acceptable than all corporal penances and mortifications.
– John of the Cross

Let your constant practice be to offer yourself to God, that He may do with you what He pleases.
– Alphonsus Liguori

Many would be willing to have afflictions provided that they not be inconvenienced by them.
– Francis de Sales

You will gain more by receiving scorn peacefully than if you fasted for a week on bread and water. It is good to humble ourselves; but it is much more worthwhile to accept the humiliations that come to us from others.
– Alphonsus Liguori

A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.
– Dominic

By suffering we are able to give something to God. The gift of pain, of suffering is a big thing and cannot be accomplished in Paradise.
– Pio of Pietrelcina

Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye, and the ear, and the feet, and the hands, and all the members of our bodies.
– John Chrysostom

Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others, you open God’s ear to yourself.
– Peter Chrysologus

Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.
– Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (Lisieux)
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