Day: May 18, 2019

Fasting

Ruginė Duona: Lithuanian Dark Rye

Someone once told me, “Marry a man who fasts.” It was wise advice.

Fasting gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting makes lawgivers wise. Fasting is a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for the valiant, and a gymnasium for athletes. Fasting repels temptations, anoints unto piety; it is the comrade of watchfulness and the artificer of chastity. In war it fights bravely, in peace it teaches stillness.

– St. Basil the Great