Friday, February 15, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays in Lent...

...is that historically red meat has been a feasting food while fish was much more common.

Until modern refrigeration it was very hard to keep meat for significant lengths of time. Salting and curing processes were used but for the vast majority of people having red meat was reserved for special occasions. This is why it was considered a “feasting” food.

The idea of abstaining from meat as an acknowledgement that we're in a time of penance and fasting; not a time of feasting. While it may be part of many of our regular diets today, the meaning hasn't changed; by abstaining from meat today you're reminding yourself that we're in the desert of self-denial in preparation for Easter.

This is yet another reason Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent.

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