Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday.

Today we abstain from meat and we fast. But what does that mean?

Starting at age 14, a Catholic is not to eat meat today. (But I don't serve it to any of my family, even the little ones.) And those age 18 through 59 must fast. So, you may eat one full meal today and two smaller meals that don't equal a whole meal. You also can't drink things that can be considered food. (You know, like milk shakes and smoothies.)

Now, obviously if you have health needs that require you to eat (for instance, if you're pregnant), then you can find another way to observe. You can fast from something else today- TV, novels, do a bunch of praying... you get the picture.

And even if you are fasting, it's good to add extra prayers and fast from other things today (as well as all of Lent). And get yourself to Mass! :)

Don't forget- no meat each Friday of Lent and get to Confession at some point before Easter.

Think of Lent as your spiritual workout!

More on fasting at Catholic Answers.

A note to vegetarians:  When my family was vegetarian, we abstained from milk and products because we already didn't eat meat. If you're a vegan, you might abstain from sugar or something non-food related.


  1. I love your "spiritual workout" comment. I think we should keep this workout all year round!

    God Bless!


  2. :)
    Thanks, Sandra! You're right.
    Hope you're having a blessed Lent!