“The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth. The purpose underlying Their revelation hath been to educate all men, that they may, at the hour of death, ascend, in the utmost purity and sanctity and with absolute detachment, to the throne of the Most High. The light which these souls radiate is responsible for the progress of the world and the advancement of its peoples. They are like unto leaven which leaveneth the world of being, and constitute the animating force through which the arts and wonders of the world are made manifest.”
amy: we don’t appreciate the people that are close to us, the friends that surround us. i am reminded about the fundametal role they play in my life during the Fast, when sharing prayers and a meal are the highlights of the day, something to look forward to. and when you are together, basking in that warm glow of shared company, you are grateful that these people love you enough to overlook your hunger induced grumpiness.
philip: this year’s fast has been very stressful for marta and i, and has become all about letting go of worries that are out of our control, and trusting in the will of God. fasting focuses your attention on the important details of life, but hunger will also cloud your judgment… it’s a fine line between enlightenment and hypoglycemia that we travel every day, but i can’t imagine my year without it. i dread the start, love the duration and miss the end, little guilty pangs of “oh no, i’m eating during the day!!” accompanying me till the end of march. it’s a time to re-organize our lives, spring-cleaning of the soul…
leila: it seems that some of the most difficult times in my life are the ones of which i have the fondest memories. i know this will be true of this time, this time that has me sobbing with feelings of futility one night and laughing until my face hurts the following day. and then today my two-month old daughter participated in her own fast when i somehow forgot to feed her for almost six hours. i’m pretty sure there’s a special place in the next world for people like me.