124 – “I also think with affection of those Muslim immigrants who this evening begin the fast of Ramadan, which I trust will bear abundant spiritual fruit. My prayerful good wishes, that your lives may glorify the Almighty”

Every year, the Church unites herself with the mystery of Jesus in the desert through the celebration of Lent. Just as Christ wished to fast and overcome the temptations of the demon during forty days, in a similar manner, during lent, Catholics have a particularly favorable period of time geared toward the spiritual exercises and works of piety and charity. All of this is oriented toward Easter and makes us relive the sorrowful moments of the Passion of the Lord, while at the same time strengthening our hope within the perspective of the Resurrection. It is, therefore, a time of conversion whereby the faithful are exhorted to transform their way of living in conformity with the Gospel, through the liturgy, and utilizing the ‘arms of the Christians’: prayer, fasting and alms.

Even though the Muslims have a manner of prayer, fasting and alms during the month of Ramadan, their objectives have nothing in common with Lent, since they do not take into consideration the value of the precious Blood of Christ, which is indispensable in order to make the sacrifices of mankind agreeable to God. Consequently, though some people attempt to put the two celebrations on equal footing, one may easily conclude that Ramadan is really just a caricature of Lent…

What should we think, then, of a Christian who congratulates those who celebrate Ramadan? Perhaps, the same that we would think of one who congratulates another for have made useless efforts…that is, not considering that their ‘prayers’ are an offense to Christ, that their alms are only meant to aid their co-religionaries and that their fasting is has nothing to do with curbing sensuality.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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ContentsIMPORTANT clarification on the true nature of Islamic fasts Is it possible to receive spiritual fruits from a practice outside of the grace of Christ?‘Fasting’ and ‘alms’ according to the Koran
I – May Catholics rejoice with the feasts of the infidels?
II – Is it possible to receive spiritual fruits from a practice outside of the grace of Christ?
III – What is the value of religious Christian feasts? Are these values also found in pagan festivities?
IV – The true essence of prayer, alms and fasting
V– Fasting and alms according to the Koran

 IMPORTANT clarification on the true nature of Islamic fasts


I – May the Catholics rejoice with the feasts of the infidels?


Sacred Scripture

Those who receive the Eucharist cannot partake of the table of demons
A believer has nothing in common with an unbeliever

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The rites of other unbelievers are by no means to be tolerated, except in order to avoid an evil
Expel the mangy sheep from the fold, lest the whole flock perish

Saint John of Avila

The evil conscience little by little blinds the understanding so that it seeks a doctrine that does not contradict its wickedness – some deny Christ for having lived according to the bestial law of Mohammed

Paul VI

True joy is not possible except where the faith is entire

Leo XII

Those who profess false teachings are not approved by God, who is Truth Itself

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)

There is no equality between Catholics and those who follow a false religion

John XXIII

The absurd proposition that one religion is just as good as another is a serious injustice

II – Is it possible to receive spiritual fruits from a practice outside of the grace of Christ?


Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)

Without the justice of Christ, human effort is of no use in meriting eternal life

John Paul II

The mediation of Christ between God and man is unique and universal

Council of Florence (Ecumenical XVII)

Fasting and almsgivings produce eternal reward only for those within the Catholic Church

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

God the Father does not accept the service of those who do not worship the Son

Leo XIII

Those who do not recognize Christ Jesus as their Brother do not have God as their father

III – What is the value of religious Christian feasts? Are these values also found in pagan festivities?


Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Popular piety has its source in the constant presence of the Spirit of God and its reference point in Christ
Manifestation of a genuine desire to please the Lord and to do reparation and penance
Authentic forms of popular piety are also fruits of the Holy Spirit – for those who are in communion with the Church, docile to her discipline of worship

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Expressions of piety that extend the liturgical life of the Church

John Paul II

Catholic wisdom creatively combines the divine and the human

Pius XI

The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship - let none delude himself

Leo XIII

Differing modes of divine worship are not equally acceptable to God

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Other prayers and rituals do not have a divine origin or a salvific efficacy; and constitute an obstacle to salvation

IV – The true essence of prayer, alms and fasting


Saint Augustine of Hippo

The efficacy of our fasting is based on the faith of Christ: pagans and jews also fast, but without a true objective – God is not pleased with the fasting of those who rend the members of Christ
Fasting is an element to unite with the angels and remain far from the infidels

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Fasting is practiced to bridle lust, elevate the mind to contemplation and to satisfy for sins

John Paul II

Prayer, alms and fasting are essential aspects of a Christian life
Alms is decisive for conversion

V – ‘Fasting’ and ‘alms’ according to the Koran


Fasting is not motivated by the love of God
During Ramadan: eat and drink until dawn – lust with (multiple) wives and slaves also permitted
The Koran teaches that alms should not be given to ‘wrongdoers’

IMPORTANT: Even with fasting, Islam systematically violates the natural and divine law, and on the days of fasts still opposes worship to God.

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