No Meat on Fridays

I was raised to be a good Catholic.  As such we abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent.  I do a bit more, since I really REALLY like eating shellfish, I don’t consider that a fulfillment of my abstinence, because I’d really be enjoying what I’m eating.  I don’t know I feel it defeats the purpose.  So in turn I either do meatless pasta, or just rice and beans.  It helps me keep Lent in focus if only for a day due to my insanely busy schedule.

Doing some research, I just found out that we are either supposed to abstain or substitute a sacrifice EVERY FRIDAY of the year.  As I think about this, and the fact that somehow no one ever told me, you know, I think I kind of like this idea.  It gives you something to center your day around God every week.  It sort of helps build up to Sunday and Mass.  It reminds me of the sabbath celebration, in a way.

I think I’ll take it up.  Will report on my success or lack of thereof on this.  On the positive side, I’ll have to start getting very VERY creative.


4 thoughts on “No Meat on Fridays

  1. I remember Fr Eric telling us that meatless Fridays were not an excuse to eat lobster.

    I’ve gone through the same thing. Chris wants to get fish fry on Fridays (a big Milwaukee tradition — even the Chinese restaurants and the pancake houses have fish fry on Friday) but it seems like a shortcut to me. I like fish fry! It would be no sacrifice!

    Like you, I have tried to make my Fridays about a little more of a sacrifice.

    • I’d eat fish, since its not high on my list. The problem is even the smell of fish turns my stomach. So that wouldn’t be a sacrifice, it would be torture! I like how Fr Eric emphasized it was not an excuse to eat lobster. I’ve found very few people who see it this way, so I’m glad to see you concur with me!

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