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Most of all, if the practice of fasting was so good, why had it disappeared?
CLEARLY FASTING WAS ABOUT something more than simple deprivation.
But when fasting was no longer defined as a "mortal sin," it disappeared overnight.
He is joyful when he breaks his fast, and is joyful because of his fasting when he meets his Lord.
Fasting has become easier for Pernas for other reasons.
With roots deep in scripture and Christian tradition, the practice of fasting Is essentially a penitential practice, but don't let that scare you.
Like prayer and charity, the other "disciplines" of Lent, fasting prepares Christians for Easter by joining them more closely to the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus.
My history with fasting goes back 33 years and predates my conversion to Catholicism.
Browsing in a bookshop, I discovered a small volume written by Arnold Ehret called Rational Fasting (Benedict Lust Publishing).