The Didache - 'Teaching' of the Twelve Apostles in the earliest Church.
From chapter 8.1
The text reads: “Let not your fasts be with the hypocrites, for they fast on Mondays and Thursdays, but do you fast on Wednesdays and Fridays.”
They were requested to change the days of fasting by the Jews - from Mondays and Thursdays to Wednesday and Friday.
Mary said, "you have forgotten that with prayer and fasting you can change natural laws and prevent war...... " Reminding us of what was done when She was on earth - early Church.
It's also very good for overall health too.
I was reading today about mental health care. How smell and touch can raise levels of certain brain chemicals affected in things like anxiety and depression. Dopamine and serotonin. Levels of both are doubled in the brain when we smell something pleasant or a loving embrace. Mary often leaves a lovely fragrance of roses. Encourages us to get out into the natural world to remind us of God - a world where all our senses are fully used.
People talk about 'banal' messages. They are far from it - full of wisdom, truth and a way to life in this world and the next.