With fasting, the Church doesn’t show disdain for food or the human body, since everything’s a gift of God, His own creation. What is sought is liberation from the passions. The Fathers of the Church put it beautifully: ‘We haven’t been taught to be killers of the body, but killers of the passions’. Gluttony fuels the fleshly way of thinking, and sparks outbursts of passion. Fasting makes fleshly desires wither, subdues the rebellions of the flesh and is death to love of pleasure.
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