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Lent: Lenten Practices: Why Do We Fast and Abstain?

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Lenten Practices: Why Do We Fast and Abstain?

Fasting and abstaining, palms and ashes, feet washing and forbidden words. Why do Catholics do what they do during Lent? The Lenten Practices Podcast explores the fun - and serious - facts about the traditions of the Lenten season.

Why Do We Fast and Abstain? Did you know that St John the Baptist survived on a diet of wild locusts and honey? Learn more about the history and practice of fasting - and how it differs from abstinence!

For more Lenten Practices, visit the Podcast here.


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