Who’s idea was it to re-instate Friday a day of fasting and abstinence? Someone give that guy a medal! It is the best idea the Church has come up with in decades as far as evangelisation is concerned.
My husband had a work dinner last friday evening and – it being friday and all – ordered the fish. This raised a few eyebrows amongst his colleagues, and once they had established that he was really was not ill, or on a diet they wanted to know why this self-confessed carnivore was not ordering the usual steak.
Keeping in mind that his audience were hardened succesful city boys – and the fact that they had certainly not been abstaining from beer that evening – he decided with trepidation to tell them.
“Well, I’m a Catholic and we don’t eat meat on a friday out of respect – to mark the day that Christ died on the cross.”
What was the reaction of the crowd? Genuine interest and admiration. To all but one of the guys there it was a concept they had never heard of. To the one who had heard of it – a lapsed Catholic himself – it was really interesting. To think that a young guy who he worked with valued his faith enough to make a public gesture of respect and loyalty, would have been thought-provoking at the very least.
No-meat-on-a-Friday is a non-intrusive, non-judgmental, memorable form of evangelisation that everyone can carry out, whether we practice it in a restaurant in front of work colleagues or friends, or at home in front of our children.
Long Live Fish and Chips! (or mozzarella pizza, vegi sausages or sea-food paella – nom! nom! nom!)