What they all have in common is the ritual of eating up rich foods before the 46 days of abstinence leading up to Easter Sunday.
Furthermore, for those thinking about marriage, or even about improving a cohabiting relationship, abstinence is irrelevant.
And her message was honest: She now questions the (failed) abstinence approach.
Mike Rhodes reports on her abstinence and pro-life message at her first California event.
Instead I felt envious of this earlier version of myself, unencumbered by the burden of abstinence.
This abstinence, joined with fatigue, has a visible effect on our health.
There must be abstinence from the sex relation before a fishing expedition.
Good meanes to fet out the euelle stuffe of the body be two, abstinence, & auoydance.
abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult.
One day's abstinence could do no good on any scheme: and no man was likely to offer himself for a second.
mid-14c., "forbearance in indulgence of the appetites," from Old French abstinence (earlier astenance), from Latin abstinentia, noun of quality from abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstain). Specifically of sexual appetites from mid-14c., but also in Middle English of food, fighting, luxury.
abstinence ab·sti·nence (āb'stə-nəns)
The act or practice of refraining from indulgence in an appetite, as for certain foods, drink, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or sex.