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Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

When a non-believer asks you why you fast, don’t tell him it’s because of the Lord’s suffering, or because of His Cross.

We do not fast for the Passion or the Cross, but for our sins, because we are preparing to approach the Holy Mysteries.

The Passion of Christ is not a reason for fasting or mourning, but rather for joy and exultation.

We fast and mourn, not for the Cross, or for Christ’s suffering, but because of our own sins.

St. John Chrysostom

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"Fasting means controlling the power of fire, and closing the mouths of lions."

St. Basil the Great.

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"We must pray that we may be constantly and firmly assured in our hearts that everything we have - both of soul and body, in prosperity and adversity, and all our possessions as well as all the circumstances of our life - come from God, from His Power, and not from nature or chance, or from outselves. If you cease praying to God, you will soon forget your Benefactor, Creator, and Lord, and in forgetting Him you will fall into every evil. Therefore, you see that prayer always brings you real benefit."

St. John of Kronstadt.