Fasting is not an exercise in dark, gloomy remorse in the Orthodox Church. It is a joyful act. And it is this joy that transforms days and seasons of fasting – and, in fact, every season of our lives – into times of rejoicing.
Fasting helps us deepen our communion with God. This isn’t an act of miserable self-deprivation, but one of agape love and joyful giving. And to top it off, we get to enjoy numerous health benefits from it, too!