"Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security,
and, as a consequence, benefits someone else,
if it helps us cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan,
who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him."
"Denying material food, which nourishes our body, nurtures an interior disposition to listen to Christ and be fed by His saving word.
Through fasting and praying, we allow Him to come and
satisfy the deepest hunger that we experience in the
depths of our being: the hunger and thirst for God."
--Pope Benedict XVI