Urgent Question about Fasting


#1

I’m planning on fasting today (Good Friday) for the first time ever, and I need to make sure that my understanding of how to do so is correct. Any thoughts you might have are welcome. :slight_smile:

My understanding is that, while fasting, one may partake of a full meal – that is, even a “sumptuous” (newadvent.org) feast – once during a fast, and preferably as close to noon as possible. I also understand that one may also partake of a “collation” a couple of times – which I take to mean a small snack, say for breakfast and at normal supper time.

Am I more or less correct?

Peace,
Dante


#2

Sounds right around to what is recommended. Also keep in mind if you have any health concerns, it’s more important to eat prudently, and can disregard the fast, or need a lot of calories cause of need of labor/work eat what you need.

Thing is guidelines are needed – to guide, but what is more important is the spirit that you do it with. Keep your day and your fast in a prayer.


#3

I believe that the full meal is to be a “normal” meal.


#4

can a normal meal count as going out to a buffet?
i ate a salad, a whole bunch of fruit and maccaroni and cheese. all together, three plates…
i do heavy lifting all day and didn’t eat during that so i think i’m okay…


#5

From Paenitemini:

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  1. The law of fasting allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and evening, observing—as far as quantity and quality are concerned—approved local custom.

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