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The importance of fasting for the Orthodox Christian
Our fasting is pleasing to the Lord when it is accompanied by mercy and kindness, and done without hypocrisy or pride. Fasting brings the passions under control by not only taming the body, but bringing victory over the demons. Fasting gives us power over the demons because it has a powerful impact on our own spirit. The body is brought under submission by fasting and gains freedom, sobriety, purity and strength.
Another benefit of fasting is what it does for our health. What we put into our bodies does matter, and the periods of fasting given to us by the Church afford us the opportunity to cleans our bodies of toxins and extra weight. An important part of keeping the fast is the reduction of the amount of food we eat, not just the type of food. Some make the mistake of simply eating foods that are devoid of eggs, dairy, fish and meat. Rather than replacing these foods with the beans, vegetables, soups, salads and whole whole grains, they replace meat with soy products and other prepared foods.
Fasting is a good time to bring all the passions under control, including our compulsive food intake. Eating only whole organic foods during these fasting periods makes us feel lighter. It clears the mind and makes us more open to the things of God.
Finally, periods of fasting should be approached with joy. This is not about deprivation, but about renewal of body and soul. That the Church's calendar calls for us to observe every Wednesday and Friday as fasting days, and a little over half the year as fasting periods, demonstrates the importance of fasting in the life of an Orthodox Christian. -With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon ☦️
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