Friday, 20 April 2007

Back To Normal !

Whoops... nearly forgot. After the austerities of Lent, and last week's feasting for the Easter Octave, I nearly forgot about Fridays!!


*sigh* I guess that pepperoni pizza won't be on the menu today. Twitch of the mantilla and an Ave Maria to my Guardian Angel for reminding me before I phoned for the pizza!!

8 comments:

Kasia said...

Ahh, right...we in the US have an indult. Y'all in the UK don't.

Good thing, too - my boyfriend is taking me out for steak tonight. Never fear - work today has been one penance after another, so I have not been shirking my Friday penances. :-p

Mark said...

Someone told me the meat thing is not mandated, but that some penance should be sought... but truth be told, I like having no meat on Fridays.

Mac McLernon said...

Technically, Kasia, the no-meat-on-Friday penance isn't compulsory, though some sort of penance on Friday is... something our more liberal chums often fail to mention...

In reality, for me, I find that abstaining from meat is easier to remember - and so I am likely to actually do the penance, instead of trying to think of what I'm going to do and so forgetting it until the day is nearly over. It's difficult for me - I loathe veg - but is therefore more "immediate"

Histor the Wise said...

Let me bang the drum for my no-sweets-on-Fridays idea....:)

Most Americans consume more Coke, sweetened drinks, and candy than meat, or so I suspect.

Histor
Sucrose Inquisition Corp.

Kasia said...

Ahh. That makes sense, MF.

I think Histor is on to something. Which is why I give up sweets for Lent, not meat.

Perhaps that will be my new Friday penance...

DilexitPrior said...

I know a family where they don't typically eat meat on Fridays but if they kids have their friends over and want pizza or something like that, they all have to pray the rosary then. I'm friends with one of the children from this family and I remember this practice from growing up. You had to really want that pizza on Friday . . .

a thorn in the pew said...

We keep not meat Fridays in the US because I am not creative enough to do "other penance" and make sure my children do as well. That looks like wonton soup in the pic...lol.

Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

The rule is:

Default, abstain from meat on Fridays. However should a person choose to eat meat such eating is licit if and only if they abstain from something else which is licit for them and of similar nature and would be taken or consumed, enjoyed or performed in the ordinary course of events.

e.g. A man chooses to eat meat on Friday, abstaining from chocolate eclairs as a substitute. The man would usually eat chocolate eclairs on Friday, and chocolate eclairs are, in terms of their desirability and enjoyment to him proportional with meat. Substitution licit.

e.g. A man chooses to eat meat on Friday, abstaining from chocolate eclairs as a substitute. The man never eats chocolate eclairs on Friday in anycase. Illicit.

e.g. A man chooses to eat meat on Friday, abstaining from chocolate eclairs as a substitute. The man never eats chocolate eclairs because he is allergic to components thereof. Illicit.

e.g. A man chooses to eat meat on Friday, but decides to susbtitute a reduction in his consumption of cheese - which he likes to the same degree as meat - by 1/1000th of an ounce. Illicit.

and so on and so forth. Easiest thing is avoid the meat. Rather than engaging in licit susbtitutions even, the constant, weekly abstaining from meat affords a constancy, a rhythym into ones life. A small matter perhaps(?).

Most Americans do not know about this necessary substitution issue. Most are also unware that it is illicit to assist at Mass on Saturday Vigil in lieu of Sunday except for good cause.

No one tells them. They don't seem to care enough to find out.

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