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3/8/15 2:52 P

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What a great idea! I have struggled with binge eating in the past. It is part of my overeating disease. But, I have always found strength in God to maintain my fasts. He is so good!

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3/8/15 3:07 A

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Anyone Slowing for lent? We never fasted during lent when growing up. I remember my dad talked to me once about it, but I donít remember us ever fasting. As an sdult I find it hard to put into practice. I am not a binge eater, but am a mindless snacker. So even when I plan to fast, I donít actually do it. so this year I am trying to learn to be slower eater. I say the normal blessing prayer I knew as a kid, but I also add some extra things for which I am greatful (having a lunch period at wrok with a nice break room with access to refridgerators/ microwaves and some good vendors) , enjoyable people to share lunch time, for having healthy things to eat. Then I take a moment to petition for those that do not have access to good foods or that have eating disorders. It makes me feel more relaxed and my meal more enjoyable. That and I eat slower so therefor eat less.

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1/17/15 11:01 P

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Having reached a ripe old age where I am no longer required to keep the rules of the fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, I find It is easier for me to be as compliant as I can (diabetic). Our bishop has asked us to forego meat on all Fridays along with prayers for the sanctity of life, marriage and for religious freedom. From what I have observed many of the folks at our parish had forgotten about this request. If it comes up, I usually try to have an alternative. In looking over the website, I noticed a reference to Fr. Slavko B. A lot of years ago, a friend brought me his bread recipe and I used it for a time.

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1/14/15 8:11 P

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LITHGIRL - yeah. I would think that would be respecting the letter of the law, but not necessarily the spirit of the law!

That's actually the example we give to the grade 8 students when we explain the difference between the letter and the spirit of the law.

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1/14/15 10:14 A

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1/14/15 9:48 A

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Thanks CJ. That about sums it up. The one regular meal and 2 snacks is only expected on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. No meat on Ash Wednesday and all other Fridays in Lent. I remember on EWTN Fr. Mitch Pacwa mentioning that doesn't mean you go out to Red Lobster for crab legs and lobster tails....(smile)

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1/13/15 11:50 P

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Joan - thanks for sharing that website. I think some others on the team also choose to fast on bread and water some days during Lent, or periodically throughout the year.

MIAJOEB - the fast and abstinence rules are the same as they have been for quite a few years now, as far as I know. Only one full meal, and two smaller "snacks", with nothing in between. No meat on fasting days (Ash Wednesday and Good Friday), and on any Fridays during Lent. If I have forgotten something, please remind me, someone!

This is just something we can choose to do if we wish.
As a compulsive overeater, I am incredibly careful on fasting days, as if I get too hungry, I am at risk of binge eating. However, so far, God has allowed me to fast as required with no problems.

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1/13/15 7:49 P

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My sister and her husband do that, but I am just cutting and measuring my portions, isn't that ok anymore?

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1/13/15 10:53 A

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With Lent coming up I thought this was an interesting idea. I found it on the Catholic blog of Fr. Dwight Longenecker. I found the bread to be of high quality and the fasting prayer to help me to actually fast on bread and water successfully last Friday.

livethefast.org/

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