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Δευτέρα, 30 Δεκεμβρίου 2019

What is the best way to fast?

What is the best way to fast?

A person strictly observing church fast receives enormous benefits for the soul. One must eat so that the spirit is awake over the flesh, but not the flesh over the spirit. The Holy Fathers say that the body is a donkey on which we must ride to the Heavenly City of Jerusalem: if you feed it less, it will fall, if you overfeed it, it will go mad. Therefore, you must always keep to the middle ground, go the royal path: if we begin to fast without humility and prayer, we will harm ourselves. The devil will say: “Fast more, more ...” And we will be so weak that we won’t be able to pray and work, we will only become irritable, touchy: “Do not come near us - we fast, we have already become saints.” Others, on the contrary, begin to eat a lot, repeating the thoughts of the evil one: "You work so hard, you have poor health, eat, eat, and eat meat and sausage,

Archimandrite Ambrose (Yurasov)

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