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The Meaning Of Fasting For Man by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov



“But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down
with dissipation and drunkenness and the cares of this life.”
(Luke 21:34)


It is good for the salvation of our souls during the Holy 40 Days of Lent not only to oppress our bodies by fasting, but also to speak about fasting; it is for the salvation of our souls for us to direct all the necessary attention to the warning against over-eating and satiation made to us by the Lord Himself; “take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the cares of this life.”

The institution of fasting is a divine institution. The first commandment given by God to man was the commandment of fasting. (“.of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.” Gen 2:17) It was indispensably necessary for us in Paradise…

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To think beautifully


I believe that there is no better call than “to think beautifully!”. What is a “beautiful thought”? It means to think of something good not only at a particular moment, but to think beautifully at any moment of your life, to be mindful of your thoughts, to select the thoughts that go through your mind, to keep the good thoughts and possibly to extent them, to put them into action. The foundation of spiritual life is the thought, so the essence of the religious life is inner discipline, the discipline of the mind. (Archimandrite Theophil Paraian, “Words to Youth”)

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Fast and Feedom


Fast and freedom

by: Hieromonk Savatie

  What can be more absurd than the fast, in a religion which boasts of having given the man the freedom? How can you name yourself free, when you have to refrain from the things you like, when you must do what you don’t want! The fast is the abstinence not only from food, but also from the bodily pleasures. How not to see in this an outrage to the noblest instinct that the man has – the freedom?

  If the fast is an obligation, than the Gospel is a masterpiece of the absurd’s literature. Understanding this, the Protestants decided to renounce the fast. However, despite the numerous quotations brought from the apostle Paul or from the words of the Saviour Himself, the spur to fasting is like a thorn in the flesh of him, who at least scarcely, knows the Holy Scriptures.


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The Great Fast

Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me …



By Hieromonk Moses the Hagiorite, Vatopaidi Monastery, Mt.Athos 

Many people ignore or do not will to acknowledge the true meaning of these days (of fast), consuming themselves with their routine (monotonous) everyday life. The modern man complains that life is tiring him, yet makes no step towards a fundamental change. He takes on strict diets sometimes, yet disregards the fast. He can make time for a counseling psychologist, can spend hours in front of television, but finds no time for a spiritual father or for the church.

  Today’s man does not want to offer but he’d rather receive with not much effort or personal sacrifice. Too afraid to look himself in the eyes, he runs away from himself and struggles in his inner emptiness.

  The Great Fast works like an X-Ray, like a (video) camera or like a mirror. In a certain way, we do not welcome…

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