Fasting

“True fasting lies in rejecting evil, holding one’s tongue, suppressing one’s hatred, and banishing one’s lust, evil words, lying, and betrayal of vows.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“Fasting appears gloomy until one steps into its arena. But begin and you will see what light it brings after darkness, what freedom from bonds, what release after a burdensome life.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“Food is not evil, but gluttony is. Childbearing is not evil, but fornication is. Money is not evil, but avarice is. Glory is not evil, but vainglory is. Indeed, there is no evil in existing things, but only in their misuse.”

Saint Maximos the Confessor

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“Are you fasting? Show me your fast with your works. Which works? If you see someone who is poor, show him mercy. If you see an enemy, reconcile with him. If you see a friend who is becoming successful, do not be jealous of him! Love your neighbour.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“He who keeps watch over the words he is about to say, also keeps watch over the deeds he is about to do.”

Saint Nektarios of Aegina

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“Fasting is wonderful, because it tramples our sins like a dirty weed, while it cultivates and raises truth like a flower.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“To fast is to banquet with Angels.”

Saint Athanasios the Great

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“When I abstain from food I am better able to understand the Soul of man.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“If fasting was all about food, then cows would be Saints.”

Saint John of Damascus

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“Fasting and self-control are a double wall of defense and whoever lives within them enjoys great peace.”

Saint Gregory Palamas

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“To fast is to do violence to nature. It is to do away with whatever pleases the palate. Fasting ends lust, roots out bad thoughts, frees one from evil dreams. Fasting makes for purity of Prayer, an enlightened Soul, a watchful mind, a deliverance from blindness.”

Saint John Climacus

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