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