Fr. Arsenie Papacioc – True fasting

Fr. Arsenie Papacioc – True fasting


Fasting… is of a great importance. See, most of those who are honest, excepting those who have fallen in despair and are no longer interested, set a high value on abstention from food: reduce its quantity, low fat diet… But that is not enough! This is just because the body has a great value, is perfectly created by the Great Master, and it accompanies the soul to salvation… it carries the soul and so on… if it dries the body a little bit, reduces its fastidiousness, then it helps the man to think more deeply about the real fast: the spiritual one. That is abstention by any means to judge the other, not slander one another… Slandering leads so easily, to a seriously bad thing. I dared to say that I’m convinced that most of those in hell are those those who are slandering fellow men… And if you warn him, he will reply: `But what? Am I wrong? Is it only me who says that? Doesn’t he deserve it?` He defends himself… The Church considers those as moral killing… `Yes, I heard of him, others said that they heard from others…` He destroyed a man that was restored by Christ through blood. Christ came not to annihilate the human race but to transfigure it. So, abstention from slandering, praying, realizing how far your are from salvation… So, to think about the time of your judgement, of your own death. I made a lot of drawings and something else: a skull. That is for the man to think a little about his death. Even St. Basil the Great, when he was asked what is the highest philosophy, he replied: `thinking about death`. And so it is! It’s a huge mistake to believe that you only live until death. I repeat, there is where life begins. And he `is passed from death unto life` [John 5:24]… as Saviour says… Well, fasting has a great value when it is more spiritual… more carefully, more watchfully… To get into the Christian love, because love is a criterion of judgment Nothing can be done without love! Even the Gospel that is read for the Last Judgement day [Third Sunday of Triodion] says: `Why you had not came unto me? Why you had not gave me to drink? Why you had not clothed me?` [Matthew 25:42-43] He does not speak of other great sins like fornications, murders… So, everything that is related to love, for love is a criterion of judgment. We are obliged to love our brothers. The measure of love for God is the extent to which we love the others… It’s not like: `I love God!` You are wrong! You love God, but you have enmity with so many people… They did not taste the great joy of forgiveness. So, fasting is to always train yourself in order to be prepared for the time of times, your great day, the day of your death… that’s your day, should be prepared then… and the Church gave us this opportunity So, we should strike, by any means, the slander, to stay away from enmity… But to love, to engage in this great virtue. I said that we need a state of continuous presence, not so much a state of asceticism. Not a state of fasting where you don’t eat anything for days and weeks… You should eat normally, but a little more reserved… considering the main purpose that is the life of salvation.

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