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 Pope Francis, that he may continue to lead the Church with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And for his intentions this month:
“Support for Persecuted Christians: That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.”
Potential Give: Consider donating to Open Doors USA, which serves persecuted Christians worldwide: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/take-action/donate-today/
Fasting Inspiration of the Day: Pope Francis, and his words on fasting and “true fasting” from our sinful human nature and tendencies.
Comments of the Day: Pope Francis is not one to promote selfish and/or rigorist fasts, and neither should we. He also does not seem to think much either of rigorous physical mortifications that are unhinged from interior ones or that do not spark a sense of subsidiarity and charity in the heart of the fellow Catholic.
In his message for Lent, Pope Francis provided a list of fasts we can engage this liturgical season beyond fasting from food.
Perhaps we can add one or more of these to our fasts and try to ensure that our exterior fasts match our interior ones?