FASTING & ABSTINENCE FOR LENT
Lent is a time for reflection and spiritual renewal. The Church calls us to a spirit of penance, above all fasting (self-denial), prayer and almsgiving(service), “which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others” To foster the spirit of penance, to encourage self-denial, and to guide us in the footsteps of Jesus, Church law requires the observance of fasting and abstinence in this sacred season:
The Catholic Bishops of the United States prescribe, as
minimal obligation, that all persons who are:
1. Fourteen years of age and older are bound to
abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday,
on all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.
2. Eighteen years of age and older, up to and
including their 59th birthday, are bound to fast
by limiting themselves to a single full meal
on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday, while
the other meals on those days are to be light.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam