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.
- Father James J McGovern. “abstinence”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 11 January 2016. Web. 22 October 2016. <>