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The Spirituality of Fasting, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

40- Drills while Fasting Image: Running, exercise logo. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوجو تدريب، عدو، جري. Image: Running, exercise logo.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: لوجو تدريب، عدو، جري.

What are these drills?

Since the fasting period is a sacred spiritual, during which one aims to develop spiritually, it is proper that one should place before him, some spiritual drills to convert these spiritual desires into a practical mode of living. So, what are these drills?

Spiritual drills vary from one person to another according to their requirements. These drills may include things like resisting some weak facets in the life of a fasting person, gaining certain virtues that such a person lacks, or spiritual longings pervading his heart.

Thus, they differ in the same person in accordance with his needs.

A person’s needs will differ from time to time in accordance with his struggles on the one hand and his degree of development on the other hand.

What is important is set up spiritual drills so that the person who fasts may feel that he has before him a certain target against which he will examine himself and which he will pursues to accomplish clear result in addition to the general virtues of fasting that are of benefit to him.

What we are going to discuss now is by way of example.

Every person should set whatever exercises are appropriate to him in his fast provided that this is done, as much as possible, under the supervision of his Confession Father.