The three disciplines of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. But one of the questions people frequently have about Lent pertains to fasting. Why is it important? Is it required? And what’s the history of fasting in the Church? 

Objective:  In this course, students will learn exactly what fasting and abstinence means for Catholics during Lent. Students will learn why we fast and all about the history of fasting and its spiritual benefits.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Lent, Fasting, and Abstinence - Lesson 1 - Lent and Fasting: Origins and Histories

    • Lesson 1 - Lent and Fasting: Origins and Histories - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 1 - Lent and Fasting: Origins and Histories - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 1 - Lent and Fasting: Origins and Histories - VIDEO

    • Lesson 1 - Lent and Fasting: Origins and Histories - QUIZ

  • 02

    Lent, Fasting, and Abstinence - Lesson 2 - The Benefits of Fasting According to St. Thomas Aquinas

    • Lesson 2 - The Benefits of Fasting According to St. Thomas Aquinas - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 2 - The Benefits of Fasting According to St. Thomas Aquinas - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 2 - The Benefits of Fasting According to St. Thomas Aquinas - VIDEO

    • Lesson 2 - The Benefits of Fasting According to St. Thomas Aquinas - QUIZ

  • 03

    Lent, Fasting, and Abstinence - Lesson 3 - Church Law on Fasting and Abstinence

    • Lesson 3 - Church Law on Fasting and Abstinence - Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 3 - Church Law on Fasting and Abstinence - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 3 - Church Law on Fasting and Abstinence - VIDEO

    • Lent Fasting and Abstinence - Lesson 3 - Church Law on Fasting and Abstinence Live Lesson Recording with Professor Marshall Connolly (2/17/21)

    • Lesson 3 - Church Law on Fasting and Abstinence - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology, Department Chair