Spirituality


“I Want to See.”
By Blind Beggar Bart

That All May Be One in Repentance

So why do we abstain from meat on Fridays? http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/why-do-catholics-practice-fasting-and-abstinence-during-lent offers this explanation: Abstinence from certain foods is also a biblical discipline. In Daniel 10:2-3 we read, "In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, fo...r the full three weeks." Catholics use a practice similar to Daniel's when, as a way of commemorating Christ's Crucifixion on a Friday, they abstain from eating meat on that day of the week during Lent. The only kind of flesh they eat on Friday is fish, which is a symbol of Christ.

From http://lifeteen.com/why-catholics-abstain-eating-meat-on-fridays-during-lent/ , it says: Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior, gave up His own body, His own flesh, that Friday so many years ago, for me and for you. He went through the pain of that self-sacrifice, completely mindful of God the Father. When I go through the incredibly minor act of abstaining from meat on Fridays, it is just one tiny act of self-sacrifice that points me back to that awful but Good Friday. That was the Friday when God loved me so much that He gave up His flesh in the most selfless act in history.

Both explanations above touched on why this form of penance has benefited me spiritually. My abstinence from meat parallels Jesus' sacrifice of his 'flesh' as an offering. And eating of fish reminds me of the many gospel stories where fish is mentioned as food partaken (e.g. the multiplication of the bread and Jesus' appearance to the disciples after resurrection). Finally, it reminds me of the many old testament stories (e.g. Jonah's story) when the leaders call the whole community to fasting that God may hear the repentance of the community as one. In the same way the Church calls me to participate, to be in union with all in this one same offering, abstaining from meat in honor of our Lord's passion on a Friday, that God may hear the repentenance of His people...

The article above was from the Cafe Pearsall Facebook page, posted on 3/7/2014. "Like" the page! If you would like to email me and hopefully find my response in this column, please send it to admin@cafepearsall.com (for now) addressed to me, or go to Contact Us of this website. Links to previous articles are found below. –BBB, 4/9/2014.

Previous articles:
God Loves You! (3/16/2014)
No one Is, So Why Be Perfect? (3/2/2014)
Mature Love, (2/5/2014)
Let It Be Done According to Your Word: The Vanity of the Plans We Make (12/9/2013)
Our Uncontrollable Lives (4/11/2010)

 

 
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