Daily Reflection for January 8, 2020

Abba John the Dwarf said, ‘If a king wanted to take possession of his enemy’s city, he would begin by cutting off the water and the food and so his enemies, dying of hunger, would submit to him. It is the same with the passions of the flesh: if a man goes about fasting and hungry the enemies of his soul grow weak.’

Let us fast through moderation of our desires in order to discern what we truly need and what arises from greed.