If a youngster learns from a parent to refrain today from meat and other victuals which are not for fasting tomorrow he will learn to refrain from drugs, tobacco and alcohol. The lesson of abstention, of the interdictions which save the body and soul at a certain moment help the man to surpass many temptations and troubles.
Today you say : `The child is at school, I won`t put him to fast to be able to learn.`
It is a mistake. You can learn even if you eat fruit, vegetables and bread. The mind and body are freer he can make greater efforts.
Excerpt from Father Iustin Pârvu: A Christian and Romanian mission– Adrian Alui Gheorghe, Doxologia via http://doxologia.ro.