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Days of Abstinence
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According to the
Baltimore Catechism... (emphasis added)
days I mean days on which we are allowed but one full meal."
"By days of
abstinence I means days on which [we are forbidden to eat items specified by
the Church], but are allowed the usual number of meals [unless it is also a fast
Note: Fasting /
abstinence may not be required of all persons (e.g. the old or young, those with
certain health conditions, those in certain occupations, etc.). On fast days,
generally two other small meals may be taken, but these two together are not to
equal a full meal. While liquids (e.g. water, juice) are generally permitted in
between meals, snacking is not. Partial abstinence may mean limiting consumption
of certain items to one meal. All applicable items may vary. For current
regulations regarding fasting / abstinence / partial abstinence / etc., contact
your parish or diocese. For medical information, contact a good doctor.
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