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«I don’t eat car­casses or any­thing pro­duced by them!» said a fel­low­stu­dent, refus­ing a treat I offered her. Before I had the chance to say any­thing, she added: «I’m vegan!» and that was the end of the conversation…

While googling strict veg­ans, I real­ized that the term defines peo­ple who choose a lifestyle which pro­hibits the use of ani­mals or ani­mal prod­ucts in diet, cloth­ing etc. Con­se­quently, ani­mal prod­ucts such as meat, fish, poul­try, honey, eggs as well as dairy prod­ucts are excluded from these people’s plate.
Fur­ther­more, veg­ans don’t use prod­ucts made by fur, wool, leather, feath­ers etc. They fol­low a strictly veg­e­tar­ian diet for the sake of phys­i­cal and men­tal health, and also for envi­ron­men­tal, reli­gious, or per­sonal rea­sons. What’s more, the 1st of Novem­ber has been estab­lished as the World Vegan Day, dur­ing which sev­eral events and cam­paigns for ani­mals» rights and envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion are held. Behind this lifestyle there is a whole phi­los­o­phy and ethics regard­ing longevity and love for mother-​nature and the envi­ron­ment.
«All well and good», I thought while fin­ish­ing my research, «but why some­one would choose this strict way of life? What are the inner motives?» Then it hit me: «Why do I fast? Is it because of some phi­los­o­phy or is it just a nutri­tion lead­ing to longevity?«
Then I remem­bered Jesus» words I would often hear as a lit­tle girl in church: «How­beit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fast­ing». Fast­ing from food and the desires of the flesh, along­whith our prayers and spir­i­tual con­flict give us the strength to fight the devil and resist temp­ta­tions with the grace of God. We fast on Wednes­day and Fri­day in order to remem­ber how grate­ful we should be to our Lord for His suf­fer­ing and bear­ing the cross for our sal­va­tion. We abstain from eat­ing spe­cific food for a cer­tain period of time as a means to be spir­i­tu­ally pre­pared for a great event…
So, while some peo­ple cel­e­brate the 1st of Novem­ber by fast­ing from «car­casses» in the name of a healthy diet, we start fast­ing in mid Novem­ber for the Birth of Him who came to earth to save each and every­one of us. He came and he is still com­ing as our real father, to save us, to trans­form us from sin­ful dead slaves to reborn humans in flesh and spirit. The phys­i­cal fast­ing for the birth of Christ help us spir­i­tu­ally. Since we put flesh aside, we can indulge in prayer, Bible study, the giv­ing of love and spir­i­tual war­fare so as to truly cel­e­brate Christ­mas. Now that the Christ­mas Lent is about to start, let’s fast with joy, pray with clean heart, and exer­cise love towards all in order to receive the new­born Lord in our heart.

Ο καθένας μας, όσο μικρός κι αν είναι, είναι μεγάλος για τον αιώνιο Θεό.


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