September 23, 2011

Revisiting Friday Penance

Have you given your Friday penance* serious consideration recently?  Is it truly suitable to you?  For example, if you abstain from meat every Friday, but you are a vegetarian, is your abstaining really a sacrifice?  Are you really fulfilling the spirit of the penance requirement?

It may be time to do something different.  If you are vegetarian, but you love ice cream, maybe it would be more fitting to abstain from ice cream on Fridays.  Give it some thought.

* In the Eastern Catholic Church, there are two days of fast and abstinence, Wednesday and Friday.  And the practice is to abstain from all foods that come from animals (meats, poultry, dairy products, eggs).  Read more about it here. 

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