Lent and Fasting
Fasting is one of the most ancient practices linked to Lent. In fact, the paschal feast predates Lent as we know it. Fasting is more than a means of developing self-control. It is often an aid to prayer, as the pangs of hunger remind us of our hunger for God. Fasting should be linked to our concern for those who are forced to fast by their poverty, those who suffer from the injustices of our economics and political structures those who are in need for any reason.
The Pope explained that fasting “is a sign of becoming aware of and taking responsibility for injustice and oppression, especially of the poor and the least, and is a sign of the trust we place in God and his providence.”