Also forbidden are soups or gravies made from them. bishops conference obtained the permission of the Holy See for Catholics in the US to substitute a penitential, or even a charitable, practice of their own choosing.Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal derived products such as margarine and gelatin which do not have any meat taste. They must do some penitential/charitable practice on these Fridays.
Such freely chosen fasting could also consist in giving up something one enjoys - candy, soft drinks, smoking, that cocktail before supper, and so on. Any deprivation that would seriously hinder us in carrying out our work, as students, employees or parents would be contrary to the will of God.
The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk).
Alcoholic beverages do not break the fast; however, they seem to be contrary to the spirit of doing penance.
One need not serve long in pastoral ministry before romantic tragedies unfold in the congregation. With deep sorrow, I have already observed two couples whom I married divorce. Such experiences cause us to consider factors that either serve or undermine a marriage.
Such questions reach me through email or come walking into my office, often amid tears.