Good News: Fasting Is Not Everlasting


Matthew 9:14-15


Disciples of John and the Pharisees

Griped because the Apostles did not fast.

Jesus wanted the Apostles to eat

While He was with them.  They could fast later.


Saint Augustine said fast to be humble.

Cry out in prayer.  Mortify the body.

Turn your back on the pleasures of the flesh.

Hunger and thirst lead to truth and wisdom.


Johnny Carson asked fat Jackie Vernon,

“Is it true that fat people are jolly?”

Jackie Vernon was portly.  He replied,

“I don’t know.  Why don’t you ask some fat guy?”


After I fast all night, my stomach’s in flight.

I break my fast with a healthy breakfast.


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas.  McCaskey’s latest book is Tuition Rebate.   Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel and Poems About the Gospel II are books for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem–both books are available from Amazon.

Copyright 2022, Sporting Chance Press

Photo by Father Lawrence Lew, O. P., Dominican friar prays in Blackfriars church, Oxford.