I just revisited this thread this morning, and Thank God it is Saturday. I had to stop, go in the kitchen and make some munchies, for poor little tum.
For fasting tips, I have read that one of the visionaries said that she tells her tummy, she is in charge and she tells it to wait for food till she says so. I guess you can call that mind over matter, and I found that a very helpful tactic, ie telling my tummy I am in charge, and I will decide when tummy gets food, and I say to my tum, you are not going to tell me when to eat, I tell you. That has worked well for me.
Another tactic I have found helpful is, telling myself Blessed Mother says (in my case) no to food on Wednesdays or Fridays so I just tell myself "Mother Knows Best" She will tell me the whys one day.
I am not good at offering the moments of temptation for holy souls or conversions, I can only tell myself "Mother knows Best" and when tummy grumbles..
"behave yourself tummy, I say when to eat"
I ask Blessed Mother to take my efforts and make use of them as only a Mother can. However, I have lately been making a general intention for Peace on the Friday fast, and Prosperity on the Wednesday Fast.
Perhaps I have a long way to go with the spiritual aspect of fasting. Still trying though.
Thanks be to God.
Come O Holy Spirit, please descend upon us all, through the most powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your most chaste and well beloved spouse.
Love from Julia!