Breaking fast by mistake
Posted 03 April 2015 - 07:46 PM
Personally, I would say we have a lot more to worry about than accidentally eating something with butter in it, fasting is a spiritual endeavour for our healing it is not about a legalistic worrying whether something contains dairy. Personally I would say don't worry about it continue to fast, mention it in confession if you feel you must. :~)
Posted 04 April 2015 - 06:30 PM
If we keep the fast without penitent prayer, and ascribe our abstinence from food to our own merits instead of to the action of God’s grace, it will threaten to stir up in the soul not humility, but pride and high-mindedness, leading not to condemnation of ourselves—and we all have much that deserves condemnation—but of our neighbors, whose inner life is a mystery to us and whose deeds we often judge wrongly and unfairly. One of the stichera of the Lenten Triodion warns us against this danger: “O my soul, if you fast from foods but are not cleansed of the passions, in vain do you rejoice in your abstinence from food: for it will not be unto your salvation, and as one false you will be loathsome to God, and make yourself like the evil demons who eat nothing.” The faster who has not cleansed himself of the passion, who is prideful, high-minded, and judgmental of his neighbor is like the evil demons, who never eat food.
We should not be as the Pharisees.
Edited by Reader Andreas, 04 April 2015 - 06:32 PM.
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