'Fasting' tagged posts

1st Sunday of Lent

WHY FAST? WHY ABSTAIN? Why, indeed. As the season of Lent begins, we continue the ancient practice of fasting and abstaining. Sometimes we do this for the practical benefit of losing weight, cutting back on smoking or drinking, leaving behind a bad habit. All good, but not deep enough. We may do it as a…

Ash Wednesday

Lent 101

When Does Lent 2016 Start? Lent starts every year on Ash Wednesday, which is February 10, 2016. When Does Lent 2016 End? As a liturgical season, Lent ends on Holy Thursday, immediately before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper that evening, when the Easter Triduum begins. How Long is Lent? Lent extends for a period…