Friday, February 24, 2012

Forty Days of Seeking Him – Day Three

So, Why Don't Catholics Eat Meat on Fridays During Lent?

I get asked this question all the time.  In fact, Catholics used to abstain from meat on ALL Fridays.  

It is a practice that helps us to make a conscious change and willfully turn our hearts and our minds toward God.  Thoughts are fleeting, physical acts are more lasting.  

When I was younger, there weren't as many fancy seafood choices available, so it was a bit more austere.  However, even if dinner is King Crab legs, the absence of flesh meat is still considered correct. Why?  On Fridays, we are looking ahead to Good Friday, and the sacrifice of the body of Christ - the only true flesh we need.

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