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This is what I found on fasting:

Fasting The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday (Canon 97) to the 59th Birthday (i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday) to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk). Alcoholic beverages do not break the fast; however, they seem to be contrary to the spirit of doing penance.

Those who are excused from fast or abstinence Besides those outside the age limits, those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need, guests at a meal who cannot excuse themselves without giving great offense or causing enmity and other situations of moral or physical impossibility to observe the penitential discipline.

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Thank you for all the info.

Mary - no longer pregnant nor nursing, and 42, so still required when not ill!

LESLIEJEAN - no. I do not do a full fast, but was curious about the not eating between meals. I was hoping that tea between meals did not mean I was breaking that obligation.

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I agree about that taking care of oneself when ill overrides the rules of fasting. God knows why you need to drink the tea.

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Dee and others are correct. My choir director (who is very knowledgeable about such things) says when you are sick you aren't required to fast.

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when you are not feeling good all fasting is but aside fact

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There isn't a prohibition to liquids period...but I am foregoing wine, big grin! Illness is a reason not to have to fast anyway...and if you're nursing, pregnant, or over 59 you are exempt as well.

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You are fine with drinking tea. emoticon

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I think you're fine. Tea is much better for the throat than coffee, but I don't think you're breaking a fast if you're caring for your body's ills. You want a voice to praise the Lord, right?
Have you tried honey and lemon juice in hot water? Great remedy. God bless.
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4/22/11 1:04 P

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I am exempt from fasting, being 68, but I still eat lightly on fast days. I didn't think fasting was meant to be a total fast anyway, is it? I thought that 2 small meals and one regular (but not huge) meal were allowed.

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4/22/11 11:59 A

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Mmmmmmm...hot chocolate ...

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Thanks, guys!

As I do add sugar to my tea, I will include a cup with my 'mini meals' today, and have hot water the rest of the time.

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The way I look at it, if it's just tea (without milk or sweetener) it has no calories (or so few that it doesn't really "count"), so to me, that's not breaking your fast, especially given it's for your throat.

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I really don't believe it does. The tea should be looked on as a "medicine" to soothe your throught, not an indulgence. Now, if it were hot chocolate ala Starbucks, well, then..... emoticon

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Hi guys.

Does drinking coffee/tea during the day on Good Friday contravene our obligation to fast and abstain?

I have laryngitis and was wondering if I should have tea frequently, but do not want to break my fast.

If it counters the fasting laws, I will have just plain hot water to drink instead.

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