No one knows today what a black fast is. The Church has lost its former severity and has relaxed its penitential standards to nothing. Who remembers that
"Fasting days and Emberings beLent is a joke, the Church serves bread crust and tea. Even the ridiculous Moslem Ramadan (where every night is a feast) is more rigorous. We Jews observe (do we?) the Yom Kippur, a 24 hs total fast. Some extremist fast two consequent days. But the West has gone soft.
Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie."
I am no extremist either so started to cheat. Having lost 20 kg in 40 days, Dr Rasputin's Order of the Day was to go on fasting two more days. Ponyemay? Da. I arrived home and boiled TWO 200 gr fish portions. I said to myself: Niet. Nihil Obstat. And ate it.