Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, mac-n-cheese, and K of C fish fries — all things that signal the arrival of the Lenten season.
But why do Catholics avoid eating meat on Fridays during Lent? Jonathan Lewis is taking over Grotto’s Instagram stories to tell us why.
During Lent, Catholics take on three spiritual practices: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Abstaining from meat on Fridays is one of the ways we’re called to fast, and there are three reasons why.
#1. Giving up meat of Fridays is about self-control.
#2. Friday is the day that Jesus died. We do this to unite our small sacrifice to his.
#3. Giving up meat is about being in solidarity with the poor.
So, just because we can eat fish on Fridays doesn’t mean we should order lobster or sushi. Consider ordering something simple and giving the money you would have spent to the poor.
Giving up meat on Fridays helps us put our money where our mouth is and give back to those in need.