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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.
The place of fasting in the lives of all the great spiritual figures in history brings no small amount of weight to the subject.
HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE MEANING OF FASTING IN OUR time?
This year, the daily period of fasting is shorter because in winter daylight hours are much shorter.
When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to me reproach.
But when she turned 12, the year a girl becomes a woman in the Jewish religion, she prepared herself to join the fasting ritual.
Fasting can also be a form of noncooperation with evil.
Fasting also shows solidarity with others who are suffering.
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.
Yet fasting has a long history within our Judeo-Christian tradition.