GIVE UP...? DO FOR...?
Lent arrives on this (Ash) Wednesday. (I still have some Christmas ornaments to put away.)
Now begins the time when we prayerfully focus on getting ready for the Feast of Easter. Easter is at the very core of who we are as followers of Jesus. “And if Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, your faith.” (I Cor. 15:14)
FAST AND ABSTINENCE IN LENT
No Meat for everybody over 14 years old on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting means one full meal and two smaller meals in the day. It applies to people in good health between 18 and 59. Our two fast days are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We are encouraged to extend that fasting to Holy Saturday.
These holy practices help us remember that we are dependent on things outside ourselves for our well-being. Our ultimate dependence is on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. We have life because he gave His.