All Catholics 14 years of age and older are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, March 2, and all the Fridays of Lent. Catholics 18 to 59 years of age are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday — a fast consisting of one normal meal and two lesser meals, with no eating in between. It is also recommended that Catholics find opportunities throughout the Lenten season to complement their fasts with prayer, reception of the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist, and positive works of charity.
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The Leaven is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.