Have a question about Lent (General Discussion)

by nan6649, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 18:39 (189 days ago)

I was baptized a Catholic and went to a Catholic grade school, but have never read the Bible. Scoff if you will, but I just couldn't get into reading the book, and instead believed what I was told by the priests,nuns, and my parents. My question is this: is there really somewhere in the Bible that says we have to fast during Lent, and that we should not eat meat on Fridays, or is that all some of the rules of "the Church"? We all know that they abolished the "no meat on Fridays rule". And what exactly does "fasting" mean? Just eating our regular meals to stay alive but no extras like no snacking and no dessert?

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by Kenny K, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 19:14 (189 days ago) @ nan6649

I too had the joy of attending a Catholic grade school from grades 1-8 ... but could not directly answer your question.

So, to deal with the guilt that is typical for Catholic grade school ... here is a link for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that might answer your question(s):


Now I know. Thanks!

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by nan6649, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 19:36 (189 days ago) @ Kenny K

Thanks for the refresher course. I've forgotten about the meal portions to not equal to 3 full meals. This is helpful, but it doesn't clear up the question of this whole deal being a rule made by God or by the Church. It's not one of Ten Commandments, so I'm assuming it's one from the Church. I COULD blame Pope Constantine, as he changed a lot of things back then, such as eliminating the importance of Mary Magdalene as well as most women of that time.

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by Suzie Q @, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:14 (188 days ago) @ nan6649

The 40 days of Lent represent the 40 days Jesus fasted in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. It does not include Sundays. It is a manmade institution and is no where endorsed in the Bible. Fasting in general is mentioned in the Bible under other circumstances. There are records dating to about 375 AD that reference 'Lent'. The Catholic church and a number of Protestant churches observe lent. My husband, a staunch Catholic that recited the Rosary and Lords Prayer every night when he was a child, always gave up 'watermelon and swimming' during Lent.

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by nan6649, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 15:26 (188 days ago) @ Suzie Q

That's what I figured. I knew why, referencing the 40 days in the desert that Jesus fasted. Your husband was a strong man to give up those two things. Lol. Thanks so much for your input. If we all try to live a good life following the Golden Rule as well as the Commandments, we should be OK. I'm not afraid of burning in hell for not fasting.

How have you been - haven't seen you post anything for a long time.

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