Our Lord said that some demons can be driven out only through prayer and fasting. This is why the 40 Days for Life Campaign requests 40 days of prayer and fasting.
Remember, fasting does not have to involve food. Here are a few suggestions for "fasting," actually "mortifications." Each one is a "mortamin," because it is like a "spiritual vitamin":
Wake Like a Hero
Get up the first time the alarm goes off. Don’t hit the snooze button. Instead, practice what members of Opus Dei call “the heroic moment.” Roll out of bed, kiss the floor, and say one word: serviam. That’s Latin for “I will serve.” It is exactly the opposite of what Lucifer said before being cast into hell.
Be On Time
Be on time ... to everything. Punctuality shows respect for others and yourself. It is a perfect mortamin because it is a small thing, but hard to do.
Be cheerful ... even when you don’t feel like it. Everyone you meet is engaged in a great struggle, not just you. Suck it up and be friendly. You might feel like an old shoe, but your attitude does not need to smell like one. Smiles are free, they are easy, and they go a long way toward boosting morale — maybe even your own.
Order a Smaller Sized Drink
What? This is a ridiculously simple mortification, but a surprisingly hard one to do. For whatever reason, Americans feel entitled to jumbo-sized beverages — they don’t even have small drinks at McDonald’s anymore — but this is the perfect covert act of self-denial. If anyone notices, they’ll probably chalk it up to the economy.
So there you have it: ways to die to yourself for the greater glory of God.
Rob Drapeau, Author