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3/4/14 11:12 P

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Thanks, Cheryl!

I really liked the evening examination of conscience on that site.

And don't worry about putting posts in certain places. This was just fine. If you wish, feel free to begin a new thread any time you want.

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3/4/14 7:14 P

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i am not sure where to put this info, but i wanted to share a website i found that offers 'lent 2014 holy hour challenge for men and women'
it has prayers and lots of good info and ideas for lent:
www.menlivingforgreatness.com
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3/4/14 1:00 P

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Fasting is the hardest of penances especially if you love food. So small breakfast, usual and small supper is what is planned for me. As long as I don't eat meat and don't eat in between meals I will be fine. I am amazed at the alcohol though, because it is made from fruit, but I won't be drinking anything other than tea or water.

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3/3/14 7:48 P

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great info and sharing everyone, thank u
and ash wednesday, lenten blessings to u all
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3/3/14 3:36 P

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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.


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Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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3/3/14 3:35 P

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Canon 1250 All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church.
Canon 1251 Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Canon 1252 All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth year. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.
Canon 1253 It is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety.
The Church, therefore, has two forms of official penitential practices - three if the Eucharistic fast of one hour before Communion is included.


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
I live in El Paso, TX


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3/3/14 9:27 A

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I do the two smaller meals, but they don't add up to one meal. I never make my calories when fasting, but that is okay since it's just a few days and the reason why we are doing it is so much more important!

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3/3/14 1:22 A

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Thank you! I have found various answers to that question over the years. Gratefully, it is not like what 'fasting' was explained to me as a child. "Fasting is abstinence from food"..Don't ask....especially when I was becoming more aware, and a teen..The meal and two smaller meals/snacks are quite generous.. :) Well, see, if you ask anyone, then that's wrongfully drawing attention to oneself and one's suffering, true? Let alone letting anyone know if you do fast...

Edited by: 4EVERNESS at: 3/3/2014 (01:24)
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3/3/14 12:05 A

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Thanks for posting the link, Brian. I was hoping someone would know where to find that sort of info, as I didn't.

Here is a "clickable" version of the link:

www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/li
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gical-resources/lent/catholic-infor>mation-on-lenten-fast-and-abstinence.cfm


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3/2/14 11:03 P

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Check out the Bishops' regulations on fasting http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/li
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mation-on-lenten-fast-and-abstinence.cfm and then see if the rules apply to you in regards to your personal health. A day of fasting here and there I don't believe will harm you, especially when it is being done as part of the penitential prayer life of the faithful. Good luck and may God bless you!

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3/2/14 10:57 P

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Thanks. I too am of the age where I can safely fast on Ash Wed and Good Friday, although I need to be careful to eat enough to not have it affect my patient care.

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3/2/14 10:52 P

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Hello!

For me, I just ignore my minimum calorie requirements on the days I fast, as I cannot meet those requirements at the same time as I meet my fasting obligation to only eat one moderate meal and two small snacks instead of three regular sized meals.

Others may have different thoughts, however, as their circumstances may be different from mine (I am within the ages required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and I am in very good health, so do not have to worry about physical problems associated with fasting like younger/older people, pregnant women, diabetic people, etc. may have to deal with).

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This will be my first Lent while on SparkPeople. As Ash Wednesday approaches, I realized I wasn't sure how to both fast and make my minimum calorie total for the day. Anyone here have any advice on what they do? Or am I obsessing too much and should just go on with my regularly scheduled fasting days?

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