Fasting is not just a commandment from God, it is a divine gift. It's a gift, a grace and a blessing. The Lord, who created us as body and spirit, knows that we need to fast. And fasting is necessary for our spiritual life, for our benefit, for our spiritual growth and for our eternity. So, He granted us to know fasting and to practice it, and He commanded us to practice it as a tender, gentle Father and wise Teacher.
HH Pope Shenouda III