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  Lenten Fast and Abstinence
During Lent, Christians remember and share the time Jesus spent in the desert, when he fasted and prayed to prepare for his journey to Easter. In remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice—his su ering and Death on the Cross—Christians join with Jesus to prepare for Easter with works of penance, including fast and abstinence. To fast is to limit the amount of food eaten. To abstain is to do without a kind of food—usually meat.
The Church requires all Catholics 14 years of age and older to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics from age 18 until age 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
To meet the Church’s fast and abstinence requirements for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics
• Eat only one full meal
• Eat two smaller meals that together do not equal a full meal
• Do not eat or snack between meals
• Do not eat meat, soup made with meat, gravy, broth, or any other dish prepared with meat
Out of love for God and others, Catholics are also encouraged to make other sacri ces during Lent:
• Give up a favorite food or activity
• Perform extra acts of charity and kindness
• Read and meditate on the Sunday Gospels
• Pray the Stations of the Cross
• Unite their own sacrifices with the sacrifice and su ering of Christ
Catholic Culture Winter 2018
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