Nothing humbles the soul more than the scarcity of bread and water. When the enemy wants to take a city, he first stops the food and water supplies, and they thus give themselves up even against their will. So is it for a monastic-unless he restrains his stomach with hunger and thirst, he cannot rid himself of evil thoughts
There will always be a question of just how our souls are humbled. The advice of this Desert Mother is clear. If we can train our bodies to be disciplined we are able to withstand the assualt of the enemy. Our ability to willingly sacrifice in the name of God can make us strong.Prayer and fasting are the best disciplines to bring us to unity with God.