Dear Parish Faithful,
The arrival of the two-week Dormition Fast on Wednesday, August 1, is always the “perfect” antidote to that spiritual summer drought that we could be experiencing right about this time of the year (written about in the Monday Morning Meditation from last week).
A fast implies vigilance – and not simply about what we eat or drink.
To be spiritually vigilant is to rediscover our commitment to the Gospel command to love both God and neighbor with all our soul, mind, body, and strength. This fast, then, could revive our drooping spirits if that is what we may be suffering from at the moment. If that is not a current concern, then the fast can simply sustain our relationship with God and neighbor as it leads us up the beautiful Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.
Either way, or any way, we should prepare ourselves for the spiritual effort – primarily based on prayer, fasting and almsgiving - that a fasting season implies, embracing it with thanksgiving and heartfelt commitment.