On Fasting & Self-Control

St. Gregory Palamas

St. Gregory Palamas

By:  St. Gregory Palamas

Sensual pleasure causes ungodliness as well as sin, but fasting and self-control result in the fear of God as well as virtue. Fasting must be accompanied by self-control. Why? Because eating our fill, even of humble foods, is a hindrance to the purifying mourning, godly sorrow and contrition in our souls, which bring about unswerving repentance leading to salvation. For without a contrite heart we cannot really lay hold of repentance. It is the restriction of self-indulgence, sleep and the senses according to God’s will that crushes our hearts and makes us mourn for our sins.

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4 Responses to “On Fasting & Self-Control”


  1. 2 Murph January 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    A good reminder that true fasting, even when we limit our consideration to food, does not consist only of restricting the ingredients we allow ourselves to consume, but of the amount we eat and drink as well. There is something lost when we rise from a Lenten or fast-day meal with a full belly, even if we have taken no meat, dairy, oil, or wine.

    What good exercise is fasting, what great practice! For if we are unable to keep the fast from food, we do not sin. Like walking a tightrope with a net; practicing for exercising self-control over those truly sinful things that tempt us as much as any feast…


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