As I’ve mentioned before, I’m reading an amazing book known as The Ecstasy of Loving God by John Crowder. This has quickly become one of my favorite books, but it’s difficult to recommend it to everyone as there is a lot of insane supernatural events listed in it. But I feel that Crowder does a great job at citing his sources and tracing certain phenomena throughout history which adds to the validity of what he’s saying. So there, I’ve recommended it to you anyways.
Anyways, I bring this book up because I was quite startled when I came across a phenomena known as inedia, which Crowder defines as a supernatural, prolonged fast. Here’s part of what Crowder had to say about it:
According to Dr. Imber-Gourbeyre in his book La Stigmatisation, the following persons went without physical nourishment for these respective periods of time:
- Angela of Foligno, 12 years
- Catherine of Siena, 8 years
- Catharine of Racconigi, 10 years
- Domenica dal Paradiso, 20 years
- Rosa Andriani, 28 years
- Dominica Lazzari, 14 years
- Louise Lateau, 14 years
- Elizabeth of Rente, 15 years
- Lydwine, 28 years
- Nicholas von Flue, 20 years
Now yes, I believe we are talking here about not eating for this period of time, which is, of course, impossible. It takes a lot of faith to believe in something like that, but it seems to make sense to me. This is God showing these people that He alone can sustain them and be their driving force and energy. And I can affirm it much more easily now after stumbling across a particular Bible passage you’re probably familiar with in Luke 4:1.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they had ended, He became hungry.
The same thing is mentioned in Matthew 4:1-2:
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.
Did you catch that? He ate nothing during that time and when it was over, then he became hungry? Now there’s a sentence in the Bible I must have missed time and time again. Now scientifically, you can go for 40 days without food, but not too much further. But now we can even see Biblical validity for the people listed above who supposedly fasted for years on end. We see that God can be our sustenance and keep us full.
Oh, and I imagine that I don’t really have to mention this, but I might as well. Remember, you can’t do this yourself—it’s God. It’s supernatural. So… just saying. Don’t go trying to force yourself into a supernatural fast, because again, it’s God who does it—not you.