What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fasting

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man (Matt. 15:11). The Lord said this not because He did not favor fasting, or because He considered it unnecessary for us. No, He himself fasted, and taught the Apostles to do so, and He established fasts in His Holy Church. Rather, He said this so that not only we would fast by eating little or only uncooked food, but we might also keep the fast in our soul, not indulging it with desires and passionate inclinations. This is the important thing. Fasting serves as a powerful means for this. The foundation of the passions is the flesh; when the flesh is emaciated, then it is as if the passions are undermined and their fortress is destroyed. Without fasting, overcoming the passions would be a miracle, similar to being in a fire and not be burned. How can he who profusely satisfies his flesh with food, sleep, and rest keep anything spiritual in his mind and in his intentions? It would be easy for him to renounce the earth, to contemplate and strive for the invisible world, as it is for an old decrepit bird to rise up from the earth.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                           St. Theophan the Recluse
                                                                           "Thoughts for Each Day of the Year"