The fourth precept ("You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church") ensures the times of ascesis and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.Reflection: The fourth precept also underscores the importance of the Easter season and that we ought to prepare for it. The return of the Lenten fast is a yearly examination of our life and a chance to improve ourselves to better serve the risen Christ.
- CCC No. 2043
Prayer: Lord of the desert, help us to make use of the season of Lent.
From: Day by Day with the Catechism (Catholic Book Publishing Corp., New York)