Tag Archives: Didache

Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (part 5 of 7)

Fasting as a Catharsis, for Vows, and for Ritual Purification Fasting gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting makes lawgivers wise. Fasting is a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for … Continue reading

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Spiritual Fasting for Catharsis, Renewal & Purification

Fasting for Catharsis, Renewal & Purification As for those who avoid the [truly] grave sins and shameful deeds – even though they may sometimes stumble — behold, thy Lord is vast in forgiveness. He is fully aware of you when He brings … Continue reading

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Fasting Quotes: Early Church Fathers (4/7)

(Updated 02/17/2015 Fasting Quotes: Early Church Fathers Pope Clement I  (died 99 or 101) Didache (The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) (c. 70-140) Saint Polycarp  (80 – 167) The Shepherd of Hermas (c. 90-140) Justin Martyr.(c. 100 – 165) Saint Irenaeus (c. 130 … Continue reading

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Fasting Defined: Etymology & Purpose of Devotional Fasting (1/3)

Etymology & Purpose of Religious Fasting A holy and lawful fast has three ends in view. We use it either to mortify and subdue the flesh, that it may not wanton, or to prepare the better for prayer and holy … Continue reading

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