The disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving prepare us for the Paschal Triduum and Easter (cf. Matthew 6:1-18). Fasting: It can help build our self-mastery over our appetites. If we refuse to control our appetites, then our appetites will control us in destructive ways. Controlling our appetites can help us to resist being self-centered.
Day of Fast & Abstinence
Days of Abstinence
Day of Fast and Abstinence.
Lenten disciplines are offered in memory of the Lord Jesus' passion & death. Penance expresses sorrow for our sins.
FASTING: Catholics ages18 to 59 are obliged to fast. Only one regular meal is taken. Two smaller meals may be taken to maintain strength. No eating between meals. Drnking water does not break the fast. Please take your medicines.
ABSTINENCE: Catholics ages 14 & older are obliged to abstain from eating meat except for seafood. Eggs, milk products, or condiments of any kind (even if animal fat is an ingredient) are allowed.
EXCEPTIONS: Catholics are obliged to fast unless it would endanger their health. For example, persons with diabetes, women who are pregnant, employees engaged in physical labor must take enough food throughout the day. Those who have eating disorders must eat. Be prudent without concern about violating the obligation.
PURPOSE: These disciplines are in memory of the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, Intentionally failing to observe these obligations in a substantial way is a serious sin.