The Greatest Fruit of Fasting

"When fasting is understood in a true, Christian sense and not in a legalistic, pharisaical way, then the forgiving of insults and abstaining from covetousness are a fast, and this the most important fast, or, if you wish, the greatest fruit of fasting. For indeed, there is very little value in abstaining from food without abstinence from the returning of insult for insult and the illusion of earthly riches."

-- St. Nicholai of Zica on The Forgiveness Sunday Gospel. (Matthew 6:14-21) 


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