Are their differences between the Fasting and the Abstinence rule exceptions?


#1

Reading these two rules to try and relate them to one’s own situation sometimes confuses me. I am a diabetic in my sixties. My interpretation is that I am excused from fasting by way of age and health (volume reduction) but not from abstinence (no flesh meat).

Additionally, sometimes it’s difficult for a diabetic to time a meal or snack to comply with the one hour rule prior to communion. I follow the fasting rule but I’m sometimes compelled (to avoid diabetic hypoglycemia) to eat more than I really need just before the one hour limit. A snack just before mass could build a bridge until after mass for a diabetic to avoid a glucose low. I’m not sure I’m allowed to break the rule prior to communion so I just “load up” 65 minutes before mass.


#2

Dear P,

Do what you can regarding abstinance. If you can get by without taking food an hour before receiving the Eucharist, do it. But if you can’t, then eat a snack. It this case it would be seen as medicine.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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