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Fasting and the revelation of our shortcomings

August 10th, 2009 by Fr. Vasile

VeggiesMany people, including the Orthodox, find the Lenten season challenging. Every beginner realizes sooner rather than later that fasting is difficult, and the discipline of the stomach is not easy to master.

The struggle of fast has however another curious secondary effect: the amplification of all our other shortcomings. When we fail in fasting we feel guilty and unworthy. With every failure this state of mind discretely spreads into the other components of our Christian life.

On the contrasting background of this failure we see now clearly that  beside fasting we also have a problem praying regularly, that our charity acts are frivolous and full of pride, that our involvement in the Church is superficial and overall our spiritual life lacks consistency.

The rule of fasting may have a profound humbling effect on us and even a failed attempt at fasting may prove overall beneficial because brings humility followed by repentance and a deepened desire to succeed in the following attempts.

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  • Doubt and guilt in the art of fasting is a corporal frailty. Rejoice that God recognizes this frailty and allows us to practice fasting and his angels are there to guide us closer in understanding the true essence of a fast.

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  • What most people fail to understand when faced with the dietary side of fasting is that fasting is a spiritual exercise in the first place. We fast to free the spirit from our overfed, overweight and overindulged body, not just to loose a few pounds.

    Fasting without trying to fulfill the other commandments: prayer, charity, love is a misunderstanding of its purpose.

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    • Very true, fasting can be a pseudonym with the really intent to spiritual enhance and substitute are carnal apetite with one of giving of oneself in ways that can be spiritually satiating in love, forgiveness, pray and understanding..

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