A Memorable Lent- Fasting
The bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018, on all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their fifty-ninth birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to a single full meal on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are to be light.
All the faithful are encouraged, when possible, to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten education programs. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended.
· Fasting and abstinence unites us to the redemptive suffering and death of our Lord. "The seasons and days of penance in the course of the
liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1438
·The practice of fasting: In the Latin Catholic Church, the penitential practice of fasting allows a person to eat one full meal each day. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal.
Beyond the fasting from food, there are traditions Catholics use during Lent.
The links below offer you thoughts on how to enhance your Lenten practice of fasting.
Brother Casey shares his thoughts
Fasting from Matthew Kelly