This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon.
The goal of fasting from anything–whether food or other pleasures–is to subordinate our flesh to our will. Basically, we need to make ourselves do things we do not want to do! The more we do this, the less selfish and self-centered we will become. We all need to continually work on this muscle in order to develop its strength. Parents of young children take note! Nothing so naturally helps develop this muscle like children!
Your children are cute, endearing, compelling little crosses made especially for you. Sometimes it’s easier to handle a cross that we choose ourselves, like “I will get up at 4:30 every morning.” It’s harder to handle crosses that we don’t choose, like “My two-year-old randomly wakes me up at 4:30!” it is important for parents to keep in mind that some “subordination of the will” is naturally baked into family life. Embrace those moments, and do not underestimate them as opportunities for fasting put right in front of you.