Remain in Constant Striving


In vain do you rejoice in not eating, O soul!
For you abstain from food,
But your passions are not purified.
If you have no desire for improvement,
You will be despised as a lie in the eyes of God,
You will be likened to evil demons who never eat!
If you persevere in sin, you will perform a useless fast;
Therefore, remain in constant striving so as to stand before the Crucified Savior, or rather,
To be crucified with the One who was crucified for your sake!

Hymn from Cheese-Fare Wesnesday


2 Responses to “Remain in Constant Striving”

  1. 1 marshmk March 10, 2009 at 3:45 am

    “You will be likened to evil demons who never eat!” The image of fasting demons is one I had not previously encountered. It points to the incongruity that often exists between my outer world and my inner world. Thank you for these words. Peace, Mike

  2. 2 margi March 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    If the evil thoughts about other people that have ‘popped’ into my head this last week could be measured in calories I hate to imagine how much they would be. On the other hand, I have eaten very little…

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