Fasting protects all virtues. It is the beginning of spiritual struggle, the crown of those who refrain themselves, the beauty of virginity and purity, the brilliance of wisdom, the beginning of the Christian life, the mother of prayer, the spring of abstinence and thrift. It teaches us about serenity and precedes all good deeds
With kind words the abbot said to the father: “I was glad for you last night. You sang all night and prayed. You did well! But you would have had a bigger blessing to sit a half an hour next to your wife and help her feed and put the babies to sleep. Because for you, the ones who are married, the prostrations are your children. When they will grow up you will have time for the rest.
May I turn on the lights in your soul? I want to see all your wounds and cure them. I do not want to step on them and hurt you even more. It is cold in here, light the fire of love! Your heart is a garden, and the friends are the flowers you have taken care of. The more you hug them, the more beautiful you become.
From the inside, that is from the heart come all our sins. For Christ has said to the Apostles: “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man” because it would mean to wash your hands “but that which cometh out of the mouth”. Because what comes out, comes from the heart. From the heart come adulteries, crimes, pride, insults. As in hell, they come out of our heart, and when they do, we are tempted from the inside.
When people restrain themselves from food but are gossiping and envy someone, it is considered a sin. What is the use of the bodily fasting if we ignore the spiritual fasting? What is the use of helping others if we amass fortune by stealing? What is the use of good deeds if we are proud? We are mixing good deeds with vainglory. The devil wins again. Even if we make good deeds, it is useless, because we are mixing them with evil.
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