1. Corporal or External
Fast, including the abstinence from certain foods,
drinks and amusements, i.e. music and parties during
Lent. These points of fast should be stressed today
especially with the mania of entertainment besetting us.
2. Spiritual or
Internal Fast which consists of abstinence from all sin.
Saint John Chrysostom taught that the "value of fasting
consists not so much in abstinence from food but rather
in withdrawal from sinful practices".
3. Spiritual Change -
the practice of virtues and good works must be the main
objective of our fasting. The Fathers of the Church
insisted that during Lent the faithful attend the Lenten
church services and daily Mass.
Listed below are
suggested practices that may be used along with your
usual family traditions of sacrifices and penances.
Corporal or External
Take less of what you
like and more of what you dislike at meals today. Take
nothing to drink between meals. Do not use seasoning on
your food today. Do not use any sweeteners with your
food or drinks today. Avoid listening to the radio at
all today. Take nothing to eat between meals today.
Avoid any T.V. or videos; instead read The Passion of
Christ in your Bible or Missal. Take only one helping of
each item at meals today. Say an extra Rosary.
Internal Fast Practices
Don't do any
unnecessary talking; instead, say little ejaculations
throughout the day. Exercise your patience today in all
things. Don't make any complaints today. Restrain any
anger, and go out of your way to be kind to the person
who caused your anger. Don't be distracted with someone
else's business. Avoid any gossip today, instead say an
extra Rosary to overcome this great fault. When asked to
do something extra do so with a joyful and pleasant
attitude today. Speak in a pleasant tone to everyone
today. Avoid using the phone today. Tell the truth in
all your dealings today. Avoid any vanity or
self-seeking today. Practice humility today in all your
actions. Be generous today; help someone in need. Look
for ways to be helpful throughout the day. Do a job that
needs to be done without being asked. Be courageous;
walk away from any impure situations today. Don't be at
all idle today. Always be doing something for others or
for your spiritual growth. Go out of your way today to
help or talk to someone who is usually difficult.
Volunteer for an extra job today. Say an extra Rosary
today for the conversion of a sinner. Visit someone who
is sick or lonesome today. Offer to say the Rosary with