THE SEASON OF LENT
From Fr. Carlos Sierra: We are about to start this great journey of Lent. I do believe this season is one the busiest for the Holy Spirit, moving all the unbaptized and the baptized sons and daughters of God to go back to the original state of creation, and, mostly, after the fall of our ancestors, Adam and Eve, to go back as well to our original state of creation acquired at baptism through the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For this season, we will be listening once again to the call that is being said now at the imposition of ashes: Repent and believe in the Gospel! We can say that believing and having faith, leads us to repentance; and repentance becomes a visible sign of our faith. Thus, faith without true repentance is nothing. Comparatively, apostle James says: “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds (James 2:18). In the same way, faith and repentance intertwine so intimately that one cannot exist without the other.
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE – CODE OF CANON LAW
Canon 1250 All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church.
Canon 1251 Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Canon 1252 All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fasting up to the beginning of their sixtieth year. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.