Benefiting from the Dormition Fast

“Do not limit the benefit of fasting merely to abstinence from food, for a true fast means refraining from evil. Loose every unjust bond, put away your resentment against your neighbor, forgive him his offences. Do not let your fasting lead only to wrangling and strife. You do not eat meat, but you devour your brother; you abstain from wine, but not from insults. So all the labour of your fast is useless.”

(St. Basil the Great in The Time of the Spirit: Readings Throughout the Christian Year, pg. 118)

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