My SIL is Catholic and says she cant eat meat on Fridays but only during certain times of the year. I was wondering where this belief came from? NOT BASHING, just curious as to why it's only during certain times of the year and why she can eat fish on Fridays during the times that she cant eat meat??
Answer by waldorfmom at 6:06 AM on Aug. 7, 2010
Fasting is done during Lent, this is a time of year of self reflection, we set aside extra time for prayer, both individually and as a group. During Lent many people will use this time to eat smaller meals and to set aside the extra money to feed the hungry. Meat was chosen because it's what most people find the hardest to give up.
Also during Lent many people choose something else to give up that they personally will have difficultly with ( sweets, smoking, ect). Or they will do something they don't normally do ( exercise more, donate time to a good cause). People are working on themselves as individuals and are coming to gather as a larger community during Lent.
Giving something up like meat is meant to teach self discipline, and hopefully we can improve ourselves as individuals over time.
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