About Lenten Fasting and Abstinence……

fasting from certain foods was originally instituted as a reminder of our dependence on God, a heightening of our awareness of life and not merely a penitential deprivation of sorts.  Perhaps we might consider the “rules” of fasting through that lens:  thinking about what we do not consume as food available to those who are without; as a way of considering the needs of others before our own; as a way of uniting with one another in the Lenten season.  In all these ways, fasting for us may regain its original intention and lead us to a greater union with God.     Church guidelines require fasting (referring to the consumption of one full meal and two light meals during the course of a day) on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for those between the ages of 18 and 59.  Abstinence from the eating of meat is required on Ash Wednesday and each of the Fridays in Lent for those who are 14 and older.

Posted in