Dear forum members, i have a question
I just read something about giving dispensations from Holy Days of Obligation and from Fast Days.
That usually only the Bishop can do this, but in individual cases also the pastor.
Then I also read this:
which seems to widen the whole thing a bit (even though the technical language makes it a bit difficult to exactly know HOW wide).
The situation it reminded me of, in my personal life, is this: Fasting has always been quite difficult for me, first of all psychologically (afraid of it, afraid of not being able to sleep when I am hungry… stressing myself out over it days, maybe weeks before the fast day - also due to scrupulosity),
and also physically (used to a very different eating pattern, “one full meal” becoming very difficult as I seldom eat full meals in the sense that other people eat them (except before going to sleep maybe, but that then is more like a bog snack, bread and other stuff); plus tending to have low blood pressure and sometime when I don’t eat for too long I feel really week…)
So with all these concerns this year before Good Friday (after on Ash Wednesday I had made it, but the next morning I felt week, after running up the stairs somewherre I got dizzy)… I went to talk somebody at a church. Not the Bishop, not the church I was regsitered in at the time (as I wasn’t in that country; now I am not registered there anymore but at that time I still was), nor to the priest in the village where I was satying (he really had too much to do already, alone priest with all the Easter preparations)… I went to a church in the city and at first i talked to a ,… what is it called, deacon? Somebody who isn’t yet a priest, but alreadxy has finished studying theology)… Who told me that the fast didn’t bind me, because of all those health reasons. I asked specifically could I talk to a priest, could I get a blessing from a priest maybe… And he did get a priest for me who also listened to me and then said I wasn’t bound by the fast and gave me a blessing.
So now thinking back of it…how does this stand in terms of canon law, was this a dispensation, or was this just an acknowledgement that I wasn’t bound anyway?