A reader writes:
I can't figure out how to make fasting not about losing weight! As you know as an American woman we struggle so much with eating/exercising/body fat etc. I am going on retreat this coming weekend and was thinking of attempting a fast. But it always turns into this thing about how much will I weigh afterwards etc.
I got this note some time ago, but since Lent is coming up, it seems like an especially relevant question. Obviously, unless we are exempt, we are required to fast according to the Church's rules on certain days, no matter what our motivation. Here is what the Church says about required fasting:
The law of fasting requires a Catholic from...READ MORE