1917 Fast Observance Today*: Fasting, maximum food intake is one meal, along with two small meal (that together don’t equate to another full meal). No snacking in between and no alcohol consumption today. No high-caloric “drinks” like milkshakes, smoothies, etc.
*Applicable to healthy adults between ages of 21-60 (some exemptions exist – see 1917 Fast: The Specifics)
1917 Abstinence Observance Today**: Partial abstinence, meaning that meat can be eaten only at the principal meal on these days
**Applicable to all age 7 and over.
Potential Prayer(s): The Liturgy of the Hours and the Sorrowful Mysteries Rosary
Potential Fast Intention: For those that pray for us, those we know and those we do not. That we may fulfill their prayers by following God’s Word.
Potential Give: Identify a service you use/rely on in your life, and thank and/or donate to someone that works to deliver that service to you today or before Easter.
Fasting Inspiration of the Day: Saint Augustine (b. 354 – d. 430), Church Father, Doctor of Grace for the Church, patron saint Augustinians and theologians, among others.
Comments of the Day: According to Saint Augustine, fasting, when combined with prayers and alms, essentially, tempers and eliminates the seven deadly sins. The Lord gave us fasting as an antidote. The strength of the medicine increases with earnest praying and giving to the other bodies of Christ, in, for and through Christ. Fasting from food nourishes the soul, feeds the spirit. Eating of this “food” feeds others. It is a beautiful mystery that we enter into again today. Don’t waste any of it! God bless!