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And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights,
He was afterward an hungred.

-- St. Matt. iv. 2.

It is possible to be saved without virginity.
It is not possible to be saved without humility.
Without humility (I dare even to say this)
even the virginity of Mary would not have pleased God.

-- St. Bernard, 1st Homily in praise of the Virgin Mother.

Sackcloth is a girdle good,
Oh, bind it round thee still.
Fasting, it is angels' food,
And Jesus loved the night air chill;
Yet think not prayer and fast were given
To make one step 'twixt earth and heaven.

-- Lyra Apostolica, xxxvi.

-- Wisdom of the Desert


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