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The Material Benefits of Fasting

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  • Fr.Dr.Biji Chirathilattu
    The Material Benefits of Fasting[1] Fasting helps the repulsion of the plentiness of sleep, because the one who is full drinks (a lot) and the one who drinks
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2011
      The Material Benefits of Fasting[1]

      Fasting helps the repulsion of the plentiness of sleep, because the one who is full drinks (a lot) and the one who drinks more, his sleep also multiplies.[2] It is useful that man is not engaged with preparing food and thus being lazy in serv­ice. Well in accordance with the fact that Bar Ebroyo himself was a doctor, he underlines through a quotation from the doctors of his times that fasting im­proves the health of the body also: "Who does not eat before he is hungry and who stops eating before he is full are freed from many sicknesses."[3] It reduces the expenses also as Evagrius said, "Do not eat two times a day, your expendi­ture will not be much, and your mind will not be troubled." And it multiplies the abundance with which we should satisfy the other hungry. Because one who is being luxurious is not being satisfied by what he owns or that of the others. Fasting is also in order to remember the poor, the needy, the hungry and those in tribulation, as it was asked to a righteous king who fasted a lot why he was hun­gry, when the borders of the world were his! And he replied that he was afraid that he would forget the hungry if he was satisfied.

      [1] These material benefits are found among the ten advantages of hunger in Ethicon 3: III: 3. Cf. Ethicon (ed. BEDJAN), pp. 237-238.[2] The same idea is expressed in Memra I of Ethicon also. Cf. Ethicon (ed. TEULE), p. 45.

      [3] Ethicon (ed. BEDJAN), p. 237.

      Source: Chirathilattu Biji Markose: "Prayers and Fasts according to Bar Ebroyo, A Study On the Prayers and Fasts of the Oriental Churches", Lit Publischers, Münster, 2004

      With Love and Prayers
      Fr.Dr.Biji Chirathilattu,
      Vicar, St.Basil Yeldho MSO Congregation,
      Vienna, Austria .
      Web: stbasilvienna.at
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