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Fasting over the centuries became a kind of mathematical legerdemain of the soul.
But the practice of fasting cannot be easily dismissed.
But when she turned 12, the year a girl becomes a woman in the Jewish religion, she prepared herself to join the fasting ritual.
During Lent, fasting invites Catholics anew into the lifegiving, reconciling, and compassionate way of Jesus.
By then fasting had been a part of my life for 14 years, though I wanted nothing more from it than physical purification.