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Sharon Moffatt wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Do you have to fast if you are over 55?

Sharon

  { Do you have to fast if you are over 55? }

Bob replied:

Sharon,

Generally, those who are over 55 are not too old to fast. Many seniors, who have health considerations, need not fast, but those who are 55 are not considered a senior.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Sharon,

Just to add to Bob's answer, I found the following on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's website:

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. [Days that we abstain from eating meat.]

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the paschal fast to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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