I had never considered fasting before until about two years ago. I always thought it would be damaging to my body function and I would only do what the Church recommended for fasting days during Lent. (See here) But, my brother introduced me to the book, “The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung. (Get on Audible) I reluctantly listened to a few of the chapters near the end of the book and my mind literally exploded at the new insight and logic to fasting. In only a few hours, I went from being adamantly against fasting to absolutely loving it. I suddenly felt a new freedom in it and was excited for new possibilities.
Since then, I have fasted for various reasons but have recently learned about Mary’s apparitions at Medjugorje. (Read the overview) Please note that there has not been a full “authentication of known events” by the Church, but you can read for yourself how the Church has slowly continued to evaluate the situation. (Read the Church’s stance) And if you are new to the Catholic Church and do not fully understand the difference between public and private revelation or the Church’s teaching on it, please read articles here: Catechism, EWTN, or NewAdvent. What I do see and experience for myself is a lot of comfort, beauty, and love from what I read in regard to these apparitions. One of the new ideas I have learned from Mary is that of fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays; and fasting on bread and water. (Prayer & Fasting) I wanted to see if I could join in on this and started to search the Internet to see what other Catholics were doing. Then, I found this awesome website with a fasting bread recipe. (See this webpage) I am not sure who created the webpage, but it does say that recognition should be given to Sr. Emmanuel and her book, “Healing and Liberation Through Fasting.” Ultimately, I made the recipe my own because I have a bread machine. I would like to share my personal edits and additions to this recipe, because it is REALLY DELICOUS. It is so hearty for those who are fasting in this way.
My tips for a bread machine user:
- Add all the ingredients together in the bread machine and cut the original recipe in half.
- A 1/2 package of dry yeast is equivalent to 1 1/8 tsp of dry yeast.
- Measure and put 1 TBS of olive oil into the bread machine before using the same TBS to measure 1 TBS of honey. This will stop the honey from sticking to the TBS. Neat trick!
- Instead of oil, you could use unsweetened apple sauce to save quite a few calories. It is like 5 calories vs. 115. But it might be good to use oil to get some fat into the diet for that day of fasting on bread and water alone.
- For the egg, crack it into a bowl and scramble it with a fork. Then, pour most of it into the bread machine. Make sure that the egg white parts that want to clump together go into the bread machine. You will want to save a little of the smooth, scrambled egg in the bowl. Keep it in the fridge until you are ready to coat the the top of the bread. I use a little brush to brush the egg on top of the bread loaf.
- 1/2 cup of raisins is equivalent to two of the little 1 oz packages.
- Use the “dough” setting on the bread machine. Once it’s done, take the bread out and put it on a baking stone to rise for at least 45 minutes. And make sure it is in the shape you desire.
- To keep the bread moist after baking, only cut the slice you are going to eat. Then store the rest of the loaf in a container and cover the cut end with plastic wrap to keep the air off of it.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. I have even caught my brother eating it because he thinks it’s so yummy! And I hope that now you can be equipped to fast successfully on bread and water while lifting your prayers to Heaven. There are so many difficulties in this world that seem impossible. The evil spirit seems to be especially attached to certain things going on in society or in our personal lives, but Jesus encourages us through his perfect words to fast and pray to cast out those demons. (Mark 9:13-28) I do feel encouraged and am trying to fast with pure intentions, but I often find myself still so attached to the things of this world (like food!) But I will keep trying and I hope you do too. Blessings!