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Old 18th February 2010, 10:05 PM
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Default Dieting,Fasting and Lent vs. Lent, Fasting and Dieting

Well its Lent and Ash Wednesday was a fasting day.
I want to fast for lent and I want to lose 10-15lbs.
The goals are coincident.

Somehow the goals feel completely at odds with each other.
One is spiritual with mastery over the physical, the other is mastery
over the physical with a body positive outcome resulting from a minimal corporal suffering.
The question to Ron could be:

Q : Does dieting coinciding, or more specifically coordinating, with a respect for Lent lead to spiritual growth?

Another Question may be:

Q: When is dieting not Catholic fasting?
I plan on restricting my caloric intake with smaller sized meals.
Not necessarily coinciding with a Catholic fasting definition of 2 smaller meals, and one regular meal, compromising a fast.
It instead my be 3 smaller than regular meals or be variable.

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Old 18th February 2010, 10:50 PM
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Fasting is an expression of the virtue of temperance, which places spiritual goods above temporal goods. Dieting, at best, is directed at the temporal good of health. The two might coincide. But dieting is not fasting unless your motive is spiritual.
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Old 26th March 2012, 12:34 AM
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Ron,

fasting is a doctrine and the way we fast( abstaining from meat) is that a discipline of the church?
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Old 26th March 2012, 01:31 AM
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Ron,

fasting is a doctrine and the way we fast( abstaining from meat) is that a discipline of the church?

That we should fast is doctrine; the act of fasting and the customs/rules that govern it (yes, the way that we do it) are discipline.

The Faith includes beliefs and practices, i.e. doctrine and discipline.
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