Hot on the heels of my interview on Catholicism Live! last night we tackle the questions of gluttony, fasting and abstaining from meat on Fridays throughout the year on today’s show. I also supply you with resources for your life of faith and your kitchen counter. Listen in!
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USCCB: Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
As penitential practices, fasting and abstinence unites us to the redemptive suffering and death of the Lord. Latin Church Catholics in the United States are especially encouraged to abstain from meat on all Fridays throughout the year, in remembrance of the day Christ died for our salvation, and to observe fasting during the weekdays of Lent. Both fasting and abstinence are, however, obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence from meat is further required on the Fridays during Lent, unless a solemnity falls on a Friday. The norm consists of abstaining from meat; this abstinence does not include eggs, milk products, or sauces made with animal fats. There are many forms of fasting. The norm consists of eating only one full meal each day; two smaller meals may also be taken, as needed, but not to equal a full meal. Some Catholics may elect to observe a literal all-day fast, or give up particular foods or drinks in addition to their abstinence from meat. Please consult a priest if you have further questions.
Resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Practical Meatless Friday Recipes from CatholicMom.com
I am also honored to be a monthly contributor at CatholicMom.com. I contribute one recipe per month as part of their effort to supply you with a wealth of meatless options for Fridays throughout the year.
On the show today I shared with you two recipes: