Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A GOOD BRIEF ARTICLE ON THE HISTORY OF FASTING IN MOSAIC LAW AND CHRISTIAN TRADITION
Yes, a good article from Praytell on fasting which you can read in full HERE.
A money quote:
In 1966, immediately after the Second Vatican Council, Paul VI placed the emphasis on the interior and religious character of penitence, which is done by prayer, fasting, and charity. The U.S. bishops provided for abstinence from meat on the Fridays of Lent the same year. The 1983 Code of Canon Law minimally requires fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, with conferences of bishops determining further regulations.
This review shows that historically, the rhythm of the liturgical year was experienced directly and intensely by the faithful, with fasting and abstinence being a striking way to mark seasons and fast days. Our contemporary era, with its rather minimal fasting and abstinence, is somewhat of an exception to most of church history.