Fasting during Lent helps us unclutter our minds and hearts of excesses so that we can focus and reflect on our ongoing conversion.
ABSTINENCE: Everyone fourteen years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Everyone eighteen years of age and older, but under the age of sixty, is also bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
On these two days, fasting allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute another full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.