Yesterday at church during our Catechism class my 3rd grader class ask me what to fast. I told them what they are supposed to fast like not to spend too much time on playing X-box, ^_^ not spending a lot of time watching tv, and as young as they are they kind of get what it means to fast. Here is the information about fast and abstinence from the black book that was given last Sunday at church.
The regulations on Lenten fast and abstinence are:
** FASTING: On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, those who are 18 but not yet 59 are allowed only one full meal. Two smaller meats are allowed as needed, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
** ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT: Those who are 14 years of age or older are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
The church no longer attempts to prescribe Lenten practices in detail. The above regulations simply highlight Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and the other Fridays of Lent. The more fundamental obligation is to make Lent a penitential season, choosing practices that are adapted to one's own needs.