Sunday, March 1, 2020

Fasting During Lent!

What are the current rules for fasting and abstinence? How do I observe the traditional rules?  Both the current legislation and the traditional practices are given below:
Why do we make Penance?
“Unless you do penance, you shall likewise perish.” (Lk. 13:5)
Because we are sinners, justice requires each of us to make recompense to God for the honor we have denied Him by our sins. Because we have misused our goods, our souls and bodies—as well as those of others—the natural law requires us to strive to restore the order we have disturbed by our sins. Thus, the natural law and the Divine Law bind us in a general way to perform acts of penance. In order to help us fulfill this requirement, Holy Mother Church, knowing our weakness and laziness, binds us under ecclesiastical laws to perform works of penance at certain times.
Penance is also useful to obtain better control over our wounded nature. One may refrain himself from a legitimate satisfaction (food, sleep, entertainment, etc.) in order to oblige the body and the passions to obey the direction of the soul. Doing penance, making sacrifices are part of a needed ascetical practice to reform of our inner disorder, the heritage of the original sin. Practiced with the grace of God and prudence (conferring with one’s confessor), it becomes a great means of salvation.
Penance can also be a prayer, a sacrifice of a legitimate good, given to God as a way to recognize His power, to beg for a grace or to manifest one’s love by imitating and being united to Our Lord’s Passion.

AMDG

26 comments:

JBQ said...

"Wounded nature", do you really believe that the "current occupant" believes in such Balderdash? Through various circumstances, I have become very "street smart". The "Argentinian wizard" is a "con artist and chameleon". He "plays the role" and has a hidden agenda.---Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote on his description of the A.C. that he "would have one great secret" that no one would know. He would not believe in God. The recent statements through Scalfari that the Christ was not God but just a man fits very well into that scenario.---I do not think that he is the A.C. However, I believe that he is "laying the groundwork" for his appearance on the world stage.

Anonymous said...

Only Ash Wednesday and Good Friday have penalties attached. Therefore, eating meat yesterday is no different than eating meat in October

Anonymous said...

Fast after midnight for Holy Communion.
-Andrew

Anonymous said...

Well, Anonymous 12:39

“ww.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/catholic-information-on-lenten-fast-and-abstinence.cfm
In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.” You must be Fake News.

Anonymous said...

What’s the penalty for eating meat on a Friday during Lent? There is none. Same as any Friday, Tuesday, or Saturday of the year.
Eating meat on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday gets you a mortal sin.

susan said...

Purposely eating meat on a Friday of lent is most certainly a mortal sin. FAILING TO FAST and/or eating meat on Ash Wed. or Good Fri. are mortal sins.

JBQ said...

How can there be any "sin" when Bergoglio refuses to define it? Ratzinger was there to put things in perspective and now he is gone. Until proven otherwise, Malachi Martin had all of the answers up to and including his death in 1999. ----Is it any surprise that his death coincided with the release of a "version" of the Third Secret which he was no longer able to deny? You can find bizarre stories on Bertone, Secretary of State, on the internet. The "king has no clothes" and Schonborn is probably the most bizarre one of all.

Anonymous said...

susan said...
Purposely eating meat on a Friday of lent is most certainly a mortal sin. FAILING TO FAST and/or eating meat on Ash Wed. or Good Fri. are mortal sins.

Nope. There's only a penalty for not abstaining from meat on Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. It used to be every Friday (unless a dispensation or solemnity)

Do I think it should be a mortal sin? Yes, but I'm not the pope

susan said...

neither is jorge bergoglio.

I'll stick with what the Church has always taught.

PW said...

Yeehaw doesn't know the laws of the Universal Church on fasting and, I suggest, has little knowledge of what the Church has 'always taught' about anything much at all.

Anonymous said...

Find where consuming meat on days other than Ash Wednesday and Good Friday is still a mortal sin post Paul the Sick. Don't waste too much of your time.

PW said...

Yeehaw goes Anon but with even more guilt ridden rigidity and self-loathing. Must be a crap existence.

Anonymous said...

Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are: every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.


See, no distinction between Fridays in August and Fridays during Lent. Eat meat on any of them, no mortal sin. Not the case with Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

PW said...

Mortal sin for breaking a law of the Church bears no comparison with commission of profoundly evil acts such as murder for example in all its forms. In running the mortal sin line for deliberately eating meat on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday is a fundamental trivialization of evil.
Grow up fast.

Anonymous said...

Not true. Murder, sodomy, & contraception are mortally sinful because they are intrinsically evil. Canon Law won't change that.
Eating meat on Fridays was, mortally sinful because of Peter's power to loosen and bind.

My point was, that when the abstinence rules were relaxed, the penalty was only retained for Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. Consequently, while far more people abstain from meat on Fridays of Lent than the rest of the year the only persuasion offered by the Church is: you kinda should do it, m'kay?

PW said...

Canon Law does has nothing to do with moral rightness or wrongness, only legal culpability.
Canon Lawyers stopped teaching moral theology decades ago when the formal discipline of Moral Theology was established usually based on Pars III of St Thomas Aquinas' Summa.
BTW, 98% of Catholics reject in good conscience the practice of contraception as sinful. And who or what is m'kay?

Anonymous said...

you don't know m'kay???? You're joking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BaKOluofCA

PW said...

No, I don't know what m'kay means just as you have no evident clue about the difference between moral weight of divine law and church regulations. No one is going to go to Hell for intentionally eating meat on an abstinence day, but genocide is another matter.

Anonymous said...


As George Carlin stated: there are plenty of people in Hell doing the fish wrap

PW said...

What kind of proof does George have to back up that little smart-ass throw-away?

Anonymous said...

once again, peterfeybriel places himself in God's Chair....i remember someone else doing that a long time ago...perhaps one-and-the-same.

PW said...

Yeehaw can't stop the bleat.
Yawn.

susan said...

one-and-the-same.

PW said...

QED

Anonymous said...

I’ve got news for you:

All you Romanists are
GOING TO HELL

susan said...

one-and-the-same.

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