Q. 1. I heard there are 3 reasons why Catholics fast during Lent. What are those reasons?
A. 1. The first reason why Catholics fast during Lent is to practice a strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline. The abstinence may consist of worldly pleasures or certain foods, especially meats. Abstinence forces us to face our own mortality. Without food, we would die! Each and everyone of us depends on God and the works of others for our daily needs.
The second reason is that fasting is an act of justice. We eat less so that the poor may eat. Lent is the time when many agencies ask Catholics to cut back on their consumption of certain foods such as rice and to donate their savings to agencies that feed the poor.
The third reason is that fasting is an act of faith. Recognizing that the Kingdom of God is coming, we will always be hungry in spirit. We long for the day when the great heavenly banquet shall take place.