Fasting is one of the most misunderstood aspects of Orthodox Christian life and one of the most difficult to master in our food-obsessed culture today. Fasting, more than anything else, forces us to recall that all nourishment is a gift from God and it is ultimately He who sustains us. Saint Monk Akhila knew this very well and never ate filling or sweet food. He, like all Orthodox monastics was a strict vegetarian throughout the year, and during fasts he would be sustained only by prosphora!
We ask Monk Akhila’s intercessions for us when dealing with gluttonous passions and intemperance.