LESSON 19: “Do Not Look Gloomy”

Fasting and mortification- that is, self-denial- are hallmarks of the Judeo-Christian heritage of prayer. The fact that in a self-indulgent culture these signs of Christian faith are at time criticized and mocked should not deter the disciple from following the biblical teaching of Christ to fast and to “deny ourselves and take up our cross.” The life of detachment from things of the world better prepares the heart of man for the things of heaven.


  • What is the greatest indulgence in your life?
  • Do you understand the connection between your need for conversion and repentance and mortification/fasting?
  • What can you do year-round (like no fish on Fridays except for solemnities)?
  • What mortification could your group do together to better follow the way of Christ?

Additional Resources for LESSON 19

“Where there is no prayer and fasting, there are demons.” -St. Theophan the Recluse

Back to LESSON 18: “Lord Teach Us How to Pray (2)”

Forward to LESSON 20: “Sound No Trumpet Before You”

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