What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fasting

   Fasting was of no benefit to that Pharisee in the Gospel, even though he always fasted two days a week, because he had adulterated it with pride and condemnation of his neighbor (Luke 18:11-12). Not that this means fasting is unprofitable. Moses, Elijah and the Lord Himself showed how beneficial it is for those who fast properly in a way that is pleasing to God.
    
     Lack of self-control is actually an evil both ancient and modern; though it did not precede its antidote, fasting. By means of our forefathers' self-indulgence in paradise and their contempt for the fast already in existence there, death entered the world.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                 St. Gregory Palamas
                                                                 "Homily Six: To Encourage Fasting"