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Fr. John Riccardo on Fasting

7 minutes to teach people about HOW and WHY to fast from food. Rating: Excellent.

St. Patrick’s Fasting

Fasting played an enormous role in the life of Ireland's most famous saint.

Fasting and the Supernatural

That photo from the Grotto which caused such a stir a couple years ago - how is it connected to fasting? Read on.

Lincoln’s Fasting Proclamation Still As Pertinent As Ever

156 years later, Lincoln's proclamation could just as easily speak to the present moment of our history. Why he proclaimed a nation-wide fast.

St. Francis DeSales: Stay Balanced in Your Fasting

It is important to go beyond the minimum, but avoid being excessive in fasting. Here's why.

More Fruits of Fasting

Fasting causes miracles to happen. Here are three of the many examples from my own life.

How I Was Led to Fasting

It all began in a CVS drugstore on the heels of yet another hospitalization.

Prayer Knocks, Fasting Obtains, Mercy Receives

Why has the Church today almost completely lost the practice of fasting? Why do we no longer understand it's connection to prayer and mercy (almsgiving)?  Is this part of the reason our modern Church is in such a mess?

The Poison of Contempt

I have friends who are all over the chart politically. Myself? I do not fit in any of the currently accepted categories of left-right, liberal-conservative. It's a very uncomfortable place to be, but I must follow the truth wherever the... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Fasting: Ash Wednesday & Beyond

Fasting is more important that many of us realize.

Gratitude For the Heroes of My 17th Vocal Cord Surgery

I am grateful for the heroes of my 17th vocal cord surgery.

This Hit Me Hard as a 15 Year Old Kid

One of the best things we did in our family growing up was to memorize poems...

Self-Discipline is NOT the Key to My Success

In 2018, I took responsibility for my own health in a way that I have never done before. I averaged nearly 8 hours of sleep per night, drank 7 times more water than I had been drinking previously,  and ate... Continue Reading →

The Pain of Christmas

This morning at 7:00 a.m. Mass, I offered my prayers for everyone who is lonely or hurt or suffering during this Christmas Season. This post is for all those people who find this holiday season painful. Christmas is like a... Continue Reading →

What Goes Into A College Football Postgame Report? Here’s a Rare Behind the Scenes Look

Usually I share important things here on the Side of the House, things that pertain to life, love, happiness, God, and death. This is not about anything like that. It's just for fun!

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