As we continue to live in this fallen world, we all experience the effects of sin. And many of us are continually bound in a slavery to sin that’s so difficult to escape.
But whatever the sin may be, St. Basil provides a remedy which he believes will free you from any attachment to sin in your life.
He however, writes in a homily, “Be of good cheer, for the physician has given you a medicine that destroys sin … fasting — a remedy truly worthy of its appellation — when introduced into the soul, kills off the sin that lurks deep within it.”
Basil strongly believed that fasting gives strength to the sinner, which gives us the ability to resist our sinful impulses. He pinches up on fasting as the secret remedy for our attachments and a sure way to holiness.
Fasting actually gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting goes further to make lawgivers wise. Fasting is also a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for the valiant, and it is a gymnasium for athletes.
Fasting do repel temptations, anoints unto piety; it is also the comrade of watchfulness and the artificer of chastity. Cause, in war it fights bravely, in peace it teaches stillness.
Also, Basil explains further how fasting was an essential part of the lives of biblical characters such as Moses and Daniel and even Jesus himself.
Just imagine if fasting was so important for them, why shouldn’t we not adopt it into our lives?
However, Basil accepts that fasting from food should be further reinforced by an exercise of charity. He also warns, “You do not eat meat, but you devour your brother.
You abstain from wine, but do not restrain yourself from insulting others. You wait until evening to eat, but waste your day in law courts.”
So, fasting must be accompanied by a positive practice of virtue.
Brethren, if you want to conquer sin in your life, just try some type of fasting.
This can in a way, transform our hearts and detach it from any sinful habits that remain in our soul.