Fasting For Peace — Day Twenty-One

By: Fred Ngo, Life Academy Teacher

Mr. Ngo (center) ended his fast with a ceremonial apple on 2/6/12.

I normally fast as a spiritual practice.  In the Christian tradition, just as it is in other faiths, fasting is a means of drawing closer to God. As we choose to refrain from food, we are asked to consider things that are more important — God, faith, and spirituality. With each pang of hunger we feel in our body, we are asked to remember a hunger for greater things, and to seek them out.

I found that my fast for the Life Academy Season of Peace-Building elicited similar pangs and similar understandings. Each time I felt hunger, I reminded myself of the hunger that our community feels for peace, love and beauty to cover Oakland. Each time I wanted to eat, I chose instead to stand in solidarity and think about the wants in my own neighborhood and school. As the hours went on, I felt hope that all that we want is possible.  It is possible. It is not over-idealistic or unrealistic.  And, just as we fasters are showing, it starts with a small sacrifice — love, effort, time, care, food — the more we sacrifice these things and the more we are aware of our hunger, the closer we will be to tasting Oakland the way it should be.

Edited by Yuvitza Rivera, Sophomore

Please comment on this post if you supported today’s faster or fasted in solidarity with our movement.

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