This is not binding on Latin Catholics, but I thought fellow Latins might be interested in the spiritual athleticism of our Eastern Catholic and Orthodox brothers and sisters during the 40 days before Christmas.
I had a very interesting conversation with two Byzantine Catholics yesterday about the spiritual benefits of fasting. In short, if you can train yourself in self-denial in one way, you may more easily practise self-denial in other ways. They mentioned, too, that unless you learn to fast, you cannot really learn to feast.
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