1. Fasting and Mortification
  2. Prayers
  3. Almsgiving
  4. Good Works
  5. Education
  6. Self-Denial


Fasting and Mortification

We must fulfill the minimum requirements of the Church for fasting and abstinence. But there are other forms of abstaining and fasting. We must remember that when we do "give up" something, it should be completely, not saved for later. The money we save from not buying a cup of coffee should be given as a donation to charity. The time we don't watch TV should be spent doing spiritual reading, or family time. Below are some examples of other forms of fasting or abstaining:

  • Refrain from complaining, gossiping, grumbling or losing one's temper.
  • Abstain from favorite drinks, desserts or foods.
  • Eat less at meals, or eat fewer snacks between meals;
  • Fast extra days in Lent besides Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • Eat without complaining.
  • Make simple meals, that are less appealing to the sense of taste.
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