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Some time ago I was working at a Mathematics Institute and one of the doctoral candidates was from the Eastern Orthodox tradition.  When I asked him to explain the differences between the types of fasts, he told me that he was always being asked about fasting.  He then said that ALL fasting is about modesty.  It changed forever my view of the idea and practice of "the Lenten sacrifice".  I now look at Lent as an opportunity to walk in modesty and humility--a time to reset my spiritual clock.  It isn't about self-inflicted deprivation.  It is about a return to simplicity, humility, quiet, by living more modestly and more humbly for a season.