The best fast is to patiently endure everything that God sends.
-St. Anatoly of Optina
St. Anatoly knew what it was to endure; he was arrested by the Bolsheviks and his monastery was closed in the 1920’s. I only today read about him after seeing the quote above in this calendar I’ve been using lately, at the top of the page for April 1. So many readings for Lent take on new significance this year.
If you want to learn more of his story it is here.