Concerning Fasting: Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov

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Orthodox Life, Volume 2 #2, March/April, 1951
The head or chief of the virtues is prayer; their foundation is fasting. Fasting is constant moderation in food with prudent discernment in its use. Proud man! You think so much and so highly of your mind, while all the time it is in complete and constant dependence on your stomach. The law of fasting, though outwardly a law for the stomach, is essentially a law for the mind.

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