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
When a doctor makes a surgical intervention and the patient, because of the pain, reacts and tears off all the bandages and hits the doctor, what will he say? That he didn’t do the surgery in order to harm him but to cure him. The patient’s reaction can bring him his death. We act the same when we react to God’s tests that he sends for our own good. We should accept pain, suffering and sorrow, as a cure from God. We should endure the pain, the difficulty of our work and thank Him, be grateful and accept that our Father doesn’t make errors.