I've decided to bring back "Meatless Friday" as my Friday posts for Lent. Why "Meatless Friday"? During Lent, Catholics abstain from eating meat on Friday. Pre-Vatican II, every Friday during the year was meatless. Now, Catholics are "encouraged" to abstain from meat every Friday during the year, but it is "mandatory" during Lent.
Since Jesus suffered and died on Friday, that day has been held by the Catholic Church as a day of reverence; a day of fasting and abstinence. Growing up, our Friday suppers consisted of some kind of fish. Canon Law 1251 states "Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference (which is the Conference of Bishops), is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday." However, the United States Conference of Bishops mitigated the obligation of meat on all Fridays; they then came out with a statement indicating that it should be a Catholic's choice to abstain from meat on Fridays. Catholics are still supposed to do some form of penance on Fridays throughout the year. (This was news to me...wonder why no one ever told me that?)
Okay, so that's the background. My posts on Fridays will be on my Catholic Faith. If you aren't Catholic, please don't be turned off by them. My purpose is to hopefully give you something to think about. There are a lot of misconceptions about the Catholic Faith out there. As I told Mom24, if I can dispel one misconception to one person, I'll be happy.
If you have a question, please either e-mail me or leave the question in the comment. If I don't know the answer, I'll do my best to find out! If you are Catholic and I haven't gotten something exactly right, please let me know.
Apparently McDonalds decided not to bring back this commercial this year, so I thought I'd give you a nice earworm for the day: