Catholic Pocket Dictionary – abstinence


Abstinence, in its restricted and special sense, denotes the depriving ourselves of certain kinds of food and drink in a rational way and for the good of the soul. On a fasting day, the Church requires us to limit the quantity, as well as the kind, of our food; on an abstinenceday, the limit imposed affects only the nature of the food we take.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “abstinence”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 January 2016. Web. 21 January 2019. <>