John Chrysostom on Fasting
(c. 347-407) John's father died
young, and he was raised by his godly mother. Well educated;
John studied rhetoric under Libanius, a famous orator of his
day. He was monk, preacher and priest for 12 years in Syria
where he developed a stomach ailment that troubled him the rest
of his life.
Those who have gone before us can share their learnings in the journey to benefit us.
DO YOU FAST?
Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works.
If you see a poor man, take pity on him.
If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him.
Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands and all the members of our bodies.
Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice.
Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin.
Let the eyes fast, by disciplining them not to glare at that which is sinful.
Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip.
Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism.
For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes, but bite and devour our brothers and sisters?
May He who came to the world to save sinners strengthen us to complete the fast with humility, have mercy on us and save us.
St. John Chrysostom