Get Good at Fasting
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With the exception of Sundays in Lent, all the days of Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, are days of fasting, as are the Fridays in Advent.
All Fridays throughout the year and the Saturdays of Advent are days of abstinence from fleshmeat (this does not include eggs, fish or dairy products as it used to in previous centuries).
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Secunda Secundae Partis, Q. 147, Art. 6, Obj 2: "Fasting is of two kinds. One is the natural fast, which is requisite for receiving the Eucharist. This is broken by any kind of drink, even of water, after which it is not lawful to receive the Eucharist. The fast of the Church is another kind and is called the "fasting of the faster," and this is not broken save by such things as the Church intended to forbid in instituting the fast. Now the Church does not intend to command abstinence from drink, for this is taken more for bodily refreshment, and digestion of the food consumed, although it nourishes somewhat. It is, however, possible to sin and lose the merit of fasting, by partaking of too much drink: as also by eating immoderately at one meal."
Catholic Encyclopedia, Fast: "In the United States of America all the days of Lent; the Fridays of Advent(generally); the Ember Days; the vigils of Christmas and Pentecost, as well as those (14 Aug.) of the Assumption; (31 Oct.) of All Saints, are now fasting days. "
Wikipedia, Fasting and Abstinence in the Roman Catholic Church: "Advent is also considered a time of special self-examination, humility, and spiritual preparation in anticipation of the birth of Christ. Fridays and Saturdays in Advent were days of abstinence, and until early in the 20th century, the Fridays of Advent were also days of fasting." - Note that the Catholic Church lost her hierarchy to heretics at the end of the 19th century, thus no further changes were able to be made to the Catholic disciplines since then.
Here are excerpts from three sources, the Liturgical Year by Prosper Guéranger, the Devout Instruction of Father Leonard Goffine and the Catholic Encyclopedia, which must be taken with TWO grains of salt, for it was written 32 years after the spiritual fall of Christian Rome AND it has already been shown to contain troublesome and even heretical passages:
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