Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

DAYS OF ABSTINENCE

The days pre-scribed for the universal Church on which the faithful are forbidden to take flesh meat or anything made from meat. All Fridays of the year, except holy days of obligation, are days of abstinence; but since 1966 there is an option to substitute another form of penance. Abstinence must be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and all the Fridays in Lent. Abstinence becomes binding at the age of fourteen.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Side effects of the Pill? Oh, don't worry. 8 hours ago
Scotland demonstrates the provisional nature of sovereignty 11 hours ago
Targeting the Pope? September 16
Gregory the Great, Christ, the Church and the Soul in the Song of Songs September 16
New Ebook on Renewal and Evangelization September 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days