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Information About Fasting and Penance

September 15, 2011 One Comment

Through the years Christians have striven to draw closer to God through fasting and works of penance.

To provide reference information to those who have questions about these practices, the Coming Home Network International has compiled a list of Catholic resources.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Any decision to begin in a fast should be make in consultation with a physician and a spiritual advisor.

Catechism of the Catholic Church:
http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p2s2c2a4.htm (especially see paragraphs Paragraphs 1430-1439)

Selected writings of the popes:
2009 Lenten message of Pope Benedict XVI: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/lent/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20081211_lent-2009_en.html

Apostolic Constitution of Paul VI’s on penance: http://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/p6paen.htm

Encyclical of Pope Clement XIII on the spiritual advantages of fasting: http://www.ewtn.com/library/encyc/c13appet.htm

Scriptural roots of fasting:
http://www.scripturecatholic.com/fasting.html

General information about fasting and penance:
http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/1997/9703chap.asp

http://www.catholicity.com/devoutlife/3-23.html

http://www.cuf.org/Faithfacts/details_view.asp?ffID=61

http://www.cuf.org/faithfacts/details_view.asp?ffID=277

http://www.ewtn.com/faith/lent/fast.htm

http://www.ewtn.com/library/SPIRIT/FASTING.HTM