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Question from Matt on 8/26/2005:

I have always been a bit confused by the specifics of what constitutes "fasting" during Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The church says one full meal, and two other smaller meals which together should not equal another meal. It's the two small meals that confuse me. When you add together two smaller meals dont they almost always equal one full meal? I dont mean to harp on what might be considered the letter of the law, but I would appreciate some clarification ... or even some examples. Thank you.

Answer by David Gregson on 10/14/2005:

Two smaller meals don't necessarily equal a full meal, provided they're small enough, as when both are less than half. But I wouldn't worry about measuring fractions. The point is that, in addition to the one full meal, two "collations" may be taken during the day (usually breakfast and one other) sufficient to sustain strength, but not sufficient to satisfy hunger.

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