On Spiritual Fatigue and Lethargy During Lent

by St. Symeon the New Theologian “My brethren, it is not possible for these things [virtues] to come about in one day or one week! They will take much time, labor, and pain, in accordance with each man’s attitude and willingness, according to the measure of faith and one’s contempt for the objects of sight […]

About Fasting: Part Three

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov We repeat — fasting is for man, and not man for fasting. Food given for the support of the body should not be used to destroy it. Very important is the quality of food. The forbidden fruit of Paradise, although it was beautiful in appearance and tasted delicious, had a fatal […]

About Fasting: Part Two

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov Immoderate fasting — that is, prolonged excessive abstinence from food — is not approved by the Holy Fathers. Fasting frees a person from fleshly passions, while prayer wrestles with the passions of the soul and, having conquered them, it penetrates and permeates the person’s whole constitution, and purifies it. Into the […]

About Fasting: Part One

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov How will you nourish yourself in eternity when you have learnt here only to glut yourself with material foods and material pleasures which do not exist in heaven? What will you feed on in eternity when you have not tasted one of the good things of heaven? How can you eat […]

Concerning Fasting

by St. Ignatuis Brianchaninov The head or chief of the virtues is prayer; their foundation is fasting. Fasting is constant moderation in food with prudent discernment in its use. Proud man! You think so much and so highly of your mind, while all the time it is in complete and constant dependence on your stomach. […]

Prayer, Fasting, Mercy

by St. Peter Chrysologus There are three things, my brethren,by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures.They are prayer, fasting and mercy.Prayer knocks at the door,fasting obtains, mercy receives.Prayer, mercy and fasting: These three are one, and they give life to each other. Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the […]

Day Two: Fasting & Spiritual Benefit

From the whimsical to something more practical, the topic/theme for Saturday, November 16th – Day Two is FASTING & SPIRITUAL BENEFIT Fasting has just begun for the Nativity Fast/Advent, and should always be accompanied by prayer. Otherwise, it is just a crappy diet. Here are some helps: Fasting: OrthodoxWiki Nativity Fast and the Orthodox Tradition […]

On Fasting, Ascesis And Discipline

by St. Basil the Great Physical ascesis is determined by each person according to his physical strength. I think it is proper to take care not to undermine the body’s strength by excessive abstinence and thus render it useless and ineffective for profitable activity. The body should be active and by no means disabled by […]