Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Saint John Chrysostom on Fasting

Saint John Chrysostom:

When the fast begins, let us get ready and polish our spiritual weapons;

as cultivators, let us sharpen our sickles; as sailors, let us order our

thoughts against the waves of extravagant desires; as travelers, let us set

out on the journey towards heaven; and as wrestlers let us strip for the

contest. For the Christian is at the same time a soldier, a sailor, a plower

and wrestler. Saint Paul says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood,

but against the powers of evil. Put on therefore the whole armor of God.”

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