Giving Up

I see this news bit from CNS on the Mexican bishops asking drug dealers to give up violence for Lent. I wonder how effective the request will be. If it doesn’t work this year, I vote for interdict in Lent 2009. Then again, why wait for Lent?

In the thread on Lenten food recipes, Jason asked:

I know this may just be me, but it seems to sort of defeat the point of a practice of abstinence to have a collection of delicious meat-free recipes. Like, I heard about a family that had oysters Rockefeller every Friday.

Why bother? Shouldn’t you feel the pinch a bit?

Why bother indeed. Maybe it’s time the Catholic Church gave up the giving up of meat on Friday. Unless it’s willing to go vegan, I have a suggestion for a replacement:

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Giving Up

  1. Anne says:

    Good one Todd,giving up alcoholic beverages would certainly be more of a sacrifice in this day and age. Much more so than abstaining from meat on Fridays when some of us find no problem doing just that. I prefer fish anyway. We could switch it up. One week for example, give up the glass of wine with dinner. Another week, no butter or bread. Give up TV for a week and help out at a local facility that feeds the hungry. You get the picture, it doesn’t have to be a fast from one thing for the duration.

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    How about giving up GPS, cell phones, TV, or tivo?

  3. Anne says:

    …or blogs? hmm

  4. Meg says:

    Maybe it’s time the Catholic Church gave up the giving up of meat on Friday.

    Um… the Catholic Church HAS given it up, it is the American bishops who cling to it.

    Each episcopal conference can make changes to the way Friday penance is observed. In Canada, for example, we certainly may abstain from meat, but we are encouraged to do an act of piety or charity instead.

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