Tag Archives: St. Basil the Great

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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Fasting: Simulated Adversity in a Spiritual Reality

 Fasting: Simulated Adversity When R. Shesheth kept a fast, on concluding his prayer he added the following: Sovereign of the Universe, Thou knowest full well that in the time when the Temple was standing, if a man sinned he used … Continue reading

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Spiritual Exercises: Remembrance of God

Remembrance of God Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. [Psalm 97:11-12 (KJV)]. At our highest and lowest levels of … Continue reading

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Fasting & Affluence: Does Prosperity Weaken Our Fast?

Fasting Amid Affluence  In a culture where the landscape is dotted with shrines to the Golden Arches and an assortment of Pizza Temples, fasting seems out of place, out of step with the times. In fact, fasting has been in … 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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Spiritual Exercises to Strengthen Our Faith (3/5)

Spiritual Exercises (4-6) But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.  For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is … Continue reading

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