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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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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 4 of 7)

Fasting for Discipline, for Protection against Lust and for Humility Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and … Continue reading

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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 1 of 7)

Fasting to Obey God, for God-consciousness and for Purification Fasting is primarily an act of obedience by which we seek to please God. We are asked to fast in every major religion. Since we believe God requires fasting of us, we … Continue reading

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Fasting As an Attitude: Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting (1/2)

 Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting And whoever does more good than he is bound to do does good unto himself thereby; for to fast is to do good unto yourselves — if you but knew it.  [Quran 2:184]. Our … 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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The Fasting Mind: Treating Addiction to Technology & Media

Fasting and the Mind In order to preserve the mind and body in a perfect condition, abstinence from food is not alone sufficient: unless the other virtues of the mind as well are joined to it … And so humility must … Continue reading

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Habits of the Palates: Trained to Crave

Habits of the Palates Let works of piety, therefore, be our delight, and let us be filled with those kinds of food which feed us for eternity. [Pope Leo the Great (on Lent II)]. We don’t know how to eat. We … Continue reading

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Fasting Works: How to Put Faith into Action

Fasting Works Do you fast? Prove it by doing good works. If you see someone in need, take pity on them. If you see a friend being honored, don’t get jealous of him. For a true fast, you cannot fast … 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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Fasting for the Holidays: Adding Reverence to Christmas

Christmas Reverence & Sanctity Men dishonour Christ more in the twelve days of Christmas, than in all the twelve months besides. [Bishop Hugh Latimer quoted in The Battle for Christmas by Stephen Nissenbaum ]. Reverence is a feeling of profound respect, an … Continue reading

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