A young man is talking with an Elder at the Holy Mountain: “My child, remember that the angel who appeared to Cornelius praised him for his fasting and his alms giving. Therefore, our prayer is stronger when is combined with fasting and giving to the poor. Overall, fasting teaches to be chaste, capable of refraining, and more importantly strengthens our own will, making us capable of saying no to desires of all kinds. This is the reason that is so important to also teach children from young age to fast”.
Personal testimonies to Dr. Nick Stergiou