Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT ON FRIDAY - FROM TODAY


Today, the Bishops of England and Wales have determined that in future we must refrain from eating meat or flesh products on Friday as a necessary part of our weekly penitence.


This obligation carries the same moral force as the Sunday Mass obligation and other disciplines of the Church, and applies to all those between their 15th and 60th birthdays.

We should also bearing in mind when preparing food for other people that we have a duty to avoid tempting them into breaking their obligation.

As an amusing aside, we have noticed that many of the more popular Catholic websites and blogs have pages of suggestions for meatless recipes, so there will be culinary as well as spiritual benefits to observing this discipline. We shall not be posting any here.

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