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Meat on Fridays

by Greg Krehbiel on 10 March 2017

It’s Lent, so Catholics are supposed to avoid meat on Fridays. I don’t care about that rule and don’t follow it, which leads to weird family issues. E.g., when I offer to make lunch or dinner and forget that other people are trying to avoid meat.

I think it’s a silly rule, so it just doesn’t stick with me, and I find myself always forgetting about it.

If the church really wants people to give up something meaningful, how about TV, or Facebook?

This leads to periodic reflection on what the point of the meat fast really is. And I think it’s not about fasting or self-denial or any of that. It’s about identity.

It requires people (not me) to keep it in mind. “Oh yeah, it’s Lent, therefore I do this because I’m a Catholic.”

From that point of view it doesn’t matter if the rule makes any sense. It’s just a way of security a sense of identity.

2017-03-10  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 4

  1. Scott Wicker
    10 March 2017 @ 5:37 pm

    Not being Catholic, my opinion doesn’t carry much weight, but I would consider keeping the Lenten fast if only to honor ‘tradition’ and to promote harmony between family members. It is no great hardship. Perhaps there is even some hidden virtue to it.

    As to Facebook, I propose giving that up all year long, a ‘sacrifice’ everyone would benefit from – not just Catholics.

  2. Robin R.
    11 March 2017 @ 2:56 am

    If you screw up so much, just make Friday Meat Day and you will forget to serve meat.

  3. RR
    11 March 2017 @ 11:26 pm

    Wasn’t it considered a mortal sin prior to Vatican II if you were Catholic and ate meat during Lent? As a Protestant, the idea that failing to adhere to some ascetic disciplinary standard is damnable is pretty strange. But maybe I’ve misunderstood how this works.

  4. Robin R.
    12 March 2017 @ 9:22 am

    Isn’t it a mortal sin to be a Protestant?