Faith and Prayer

Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat On Fridays During Lent?

Picture it: You’re in a hurry. You’re focused on school or work or family or friends, where there are a thousand things going on. You stop real quick to eat in the middle of the day. Halfway through the meal – or a little while after – you remember it’s Friday. And it’s Lent! And that’s a burger in your stomach!!

In the words of Homer Simpson, “D’oh!”

This has happened to me before, and odds are that it has happened at one time or another, to you. A side note here to anyone who may be worrying or feeling guilty right now: If you forget, then no, it is not a sin.

So why exactly do Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent?

Actually, people offer several reasons for why the Church embraces this discipline, a tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Some say it was because the Church…

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