Tag Archives: Fasting

16 Ways You Might Be Orthodox

You check what day of the week it is before deciding what to eat. And if it’s not a Wednesday or Friday, you’re definitely going with meat. Your saint’s day is a bigger deal than your birthday. People ask you why you cross yourself backwards. Church camp is the most exciting part of your summer. […]

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Time for Your Physical

Well… it is cough and cold season again in America and the steady hacking of the afflicted provides a staccato soundtrack to daily life in schools, offices, and public places. I wouldn’t have imagined it possible to become so easily brought low by the so-called “common cold” in this place (Arizona) of palm trees and […]

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Why We Fast: Thy Will Be Done

As we discussed last week, one of the principal benefits of fasting is because of the physiological and psychological benefits that a substantial and committed approach to fasting generally has upon one’s actual efforts to pray seriously. I suggested then, however, that there are other benefits of fasting that are available even for those of […]

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Why We Fast: Purifying our Prayer

Like many other “second-order” virtues, fasting is spiritually beneficial principally because of what it enables us to do, or learn, or achieve, rather than intrinsically, in its own right. Fasting assists us in prayer by a) clearing the mind, b) by removing certain common physiological and psychological shackles to concentrated and sustained prayer, and c) by putting us […]