The Beginning of the Fast

Dear ICC Friends,

As we begin the great journey of Lent, I want to share with you an excerpt from a homily by Saint John Chrysostom on the true nature of fasting.  Saint John was known by the nickname “Golden Mouth” because of the powerful words he delivered.  I encourage you to print this three-page selection and use it for your spiritual reading this evening.

Saint John Chrysostom “On Fasting

“Let the mouth too fast from disgraceful speeches and railing. For what does it profit if we abstain from birds and fishes; and yet bite and devour our brethren? The evil  speaker eats the flesh of his brother, and bites the body of his neighbour.” St. John Chrysostom, On Fasting

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