Why do Catholics fast and abstain?
In preparing to begin His public ministry, Jesus spent forty days and nights in the wilderness of the desert.
In the starkness of the desert, He strengthened His connection to his Father. God’s love was all Jesus needed.
Fasting and abstinence also help us strengthen our connection to God. They are ways of expressing sorrow for the ways we stray from God’s friendship. By denying ourselves material comforts, we increase our dependence on God and our appreciation for His gifts.
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