Clint, over at Saint James’ Kids has posted a letter from Fr. Meletios Webber about how fasting from things that control our lives (not just food) is the first step to a more deeper spiritual life.
“…saying “no” to every impulse that comes along, at least the ones that are outside or beyond our biological needs, is a very good way of starting a more spiritual, more satisfying life. For this reason we can talk of fasting with joy, since it is a joy to tread this sanctified path, trodden by the saints and friends of God throughout the ages. Leave fasting as a punishment to others… for us, Lent is a beautiful and worthwhile challenge to fast with joy.”
Check out the whole post here.