Perhaps the point is not *this* shared penitential practice as opposed to the other practices but rather this *shared* penitential practice.
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Perhaps I am simply an incurable hedonist, but thinking of the Lenten fast as an occasion for moral and spiritual improvement strikes me as profoundly wrong.
“It is a scandal and an open wound that Christians are not able to celebrate the eucharist in common. We can fast, and not merely pray, for church unity. There is spiritual power in freely foregoing reception of the eucharist for a time,” writes Philipp Harnoncourt.
“For those who do too much,” the lector read, “for those who eat and drink too much, or spend too much, or hurry too much, may the discipline of fasting bring simplicity and peace…”