Dr Bobus
In St Thomas' time (and up until 60 years ago) the Dominicans observed the Great Monastic Fast (or Long Lent), beginning on Sept 14 (Exaltation of the Cross).

Contemporary man usually has a life less difficult physically (good food, comfortable living) but more difficult psychologically (stress and anxieties). Obviously, in the 13th century no one boarded an airplane on Sunday to work 1000 …More
In St Thomas' time (and up until 60 years ago) the Dominicans observed the Great Monastic Fast (or Long Lent), beginning on Sept 14 (Exaltation of the Cross).

Contemporary man usually has a life less difficult physically (good food, comfortable living) but more difficult psychologically (stress and anxieties). Obviously, in the 13th century no one boarded an airplane on Sunday to work 1000 miles away, then return on Friday. Physicians weren't called at 2:30am for an emergency, then needed to be in the office for appointments at 8:00am.
Holy Cannoli
Soldiers (in this case an Italian 😉 ) periodically fast throughout the year in order to discipline mind and body.