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Any discipline that the Lord asks of us is no good by itself. Christians are not like the yogis or secular ascetics who believe that certain practices by themselves have power to enlighten . . . Any Christian spiritual discipline is undertaken with much prayer and hope. It is a way of quieting the flesh in order to hear God a little more clearly and to speak to Him a little more honestly . . . Fasting is an attempt at listening to a Being who can speak very quietly, and there is nothing more noisy than our own wickedness.
-Cate MacDonald, "Lent", Let Us Keep the Feast.
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