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20 March 2011: Second Sunday of Lent

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence from meat. On all other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following:

  1. Prayer. For example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; recitation of the Rosary, or in other ways.
  2. Self-denial. For example, not eating meat, not eating sweets or dessert; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor; or in other ways.  Project Compassion is a major means of expressing our self-denial in Australia.
  3. Helping others. For example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely overburdened, or in other ways.

Office of the Vicar General

It is far better in Lent to do more rather than give up something - more prayer, more good works and acts of love.