How to Benefit from Fasting?

 

If you see a poor man have mercy on him. If you see a beautiful woman, do not taint your heart with this thought. Not only your mouth should be fasting but also your eyes and ears, feet, hands and all the limbs of your body

Do you fast? Prove it through your acts. What acts? If you see a poor man have mercy on him. If you see a beautiful woman, do not taint your heart with this thought. Not only your mouth should be fasting but also your eyes and ears, feet, hands and all the limbs of your body. Your hands should be fasting by ceasing to be greedy. Your feet should be fasting by avoiding the sinful ways, your eyes, by not longing for beautiful faces.

You don’t eat meat? You should also not eat fornication with your eyes. Your ears should be fasting too by not allowing gossips to slip into your heart. Your mouth should be restrained from evil words. For, what is the use of abstinence from chicken and fish, if we bite and feast from our brothers?

(Translation from Simeon Koutsas, Postul Bisericii. De ce, când și cum postim, Apostoliki Diakonia, Atena, 2011)