Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On Fasting

Plus A General Re-sharing: Two Separate Articles: "On Fasting" –by St. Paisius Velichkovsky, and "The Lord has Created Me" from St. John of Kronstadt

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Dan Everiss

Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 12:06 PM

On Fasting
St. Paisius Velichkovsky

On Fasting - Orthodox Christian Information Center

The third virtue is fasting. Fasting I call the eating of a ... Fasting once having entered into the soul, kills to the depths the sin which lies therein. Ch. VIII from Field ...

From my Life in Christ, by St. John of Kronstadt

The Lord has created me, and has brought me from nonentity into being, and after I had fallen, hast restored me through His sufferings and death; He has cleansed me, a sinner, has made me His son by adoption; He has promised me the inheritance of eternal bliss; He has enlightened me through the light of His Gospel; He punishes and forgives me like a father; He lights me with the sun; He gives me daily food and drink; and above all he gives me His sweetest and life-giving food - His Body and Blood; He has diffused air for me to breathe, and above all He has poured upon me His Holy Spirit. He clothes me in beauteous garments; above all, he inwardly clothes me with Himself, as it is said: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” [Galatians 3:27]. He gives me rest in a spacious and clean dwelling, and promises me an eternal, resplendent abode in the heavens; he endows me with health: above all, he gives me spiritual health in abundance, through prayer and especially through the Holy Sacraments and other means. What shall I render to Him for all this? What can I do for Him in return? I cannot do anything, except to be faithful to Him with all my might, through fulfilling His Commandments and by offering a firm and unchanging resistance to sin and the Devil.

My Life in Christ, St. John of Kronstadt, page 154

My Life in Christ: Or Moments of Spiritual Serenity and ...

Saint John (of Kronstadt) - 1897 - ‎Devotional literature
The Lord has created mehas brought me from nonentity into being, and after I had ... and by offering a firm and unchanging resistance to sin and the Devil.

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