Lent 2018

Day 11: Saturday, February 24th morning/afternoon (Fasting and Full Abstinence) – Saturday, February 24th, evening/Vigil (Feast)

1917 Fast Observance Today Through Afternoon*: Fasting, maximum food intake is one meal, along with two snacks (that together don’t equate to a meal).  However, since the fast ends at the time of the Vigil (~4pm), only eating the two snacks, if necessary, until then, is recommended.  No snacking in between that and no alcohol consumption today.

~4pm – midnight: no fasting or abstaining is required in celebration of the Holy Sunday Mass.

*Applicable to healthy adults between ages of 21-60 (some exemptions exist – see 1917 Fast: The Specifics)

1917 Abstinence Observance Today Through Afternoon**: Full abstinence. No meat or meat products until ~4pm.

~4pm – midnight: no fasting or abstaining is required in celebration of the Holy Sunday Mass.

**Applicable to all age 7 and over.

Potential Prayer(s): Liturgy of the Hours, The Sorrowful Mysteries

Potential Fast Intention(s): For His Holiness Benedict XVI, Supreme Pontiff Emeritus or Pope Emeritus, who still resides at Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae, located on the Vatican hill inside the Vatican Gardens. That he may continue to prosper, and live a long, prayerful and healthy life, studying and writing.

Potential Give(s): Donate to the Communion and Liberation movement’s Common Fund website: http://us.clonline.org/default.asp?id=927 .

The Communion and Liberation is a lay ecclesial movement within the church.  The small community of women caring for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s domestic needs are members of Memores Domini, which is part of the Communion and Liberation movement.

Fasting Inspiration of the Day: Reflecting on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Message for Lent 2009


Administrative Note: My apologies for not sending out yesterday’s update.  Everyone in my family, sans me, was ill and I did not get a chance to make it to my computer to send out.

Comments of the Day: In the link above, this section struck me:

“[Jesus] Himself sets the example, answering Satan, at the end of the forty days spent in the desert that ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Mt 4,4). The true fast is thus directed to eating the ‘true food,’ which is to do the Father’s will (cf. Jn 4,34).”

Original sin entered this world through eating, when Adam ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Original sin, in all its forms, is dimmed and weakened when we fast from eating for the sake of doing God’s will.  In this way, we are seeking to restore our pre-fall (or pre-lapsarian) state of grace with God.  The bridge, the way, the most perfect example, to doing that is to imitate Jesus.  That is why the 40-day Lenten fast has been so important to all the Church fathers and the Apostles ever since the institution of the Church.  It helps us do penance for the many times we sought self-interest first and God second, third or fourth, as Adam did when he defied God and ate the forbidden fruit.

We break our fast and abstinence this week starting this evening, around 4pm, for the Vigil of the Holy Sunday Mass. Every Sunday is considered by the Church as a “little Easter.” As the Church’s 1983 Code of Canon Law notes (Canon 1246):

“Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition the paschal mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the primordial holy day of obligation.”

Seek the “true fast” until we celebrate this evening our Lord’s saving Resurrection.

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