What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fasting II

  ...For to not eat bread and not to drink water or anything else is not yet fasting, for neither do the demons eat or drink anything at all. And yet they are evil and hateful to God. But fasting for us is, as the Church chants, "the estrangement from evil, restraint of tongue, refraining from anger, separation from lust, slanders, lies and false oaths. Abstinence from these things is a true and acceptable fast."
                                                           St. Anatoly of Optina
                                                           "A Collection of Letters to Nuns"