Fasting during Lent helps us to create more space in our lives to ponder the mysteries of God and it helps us reflect on what Jesus did for us. Jesus suffered and died for us, so by fasting, we unite ourselves more closely to Him. Each Friday in Lent, Catholics are called to abstinence, that is, not eating meat (hooray fish fries!). On Ash Wednesday & Good Friday, in addition to not eating meat, the Church calls us to special days of fasting. Fasting, at a minimum, means 1 regular sized meal and 2 small meals with no snacks in between.