No Meat on a Friday…

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!)


3 thoughts on “No Meat on a Friday…

  1. I went out for a curry with the catholic chaplaincy last night and I am ashamed to say that I was the only person out of 14 who chose the fish option. Long live fish Fridays!

  2. Reblogged this on Deaconjohn1987's Blog and commented:
    I enjoyed this post because I too don’t eat meat on Fridays, even if it is Solemnity! It’s something I decided to do, along with fasing on Wednesdays and Fridays, as Our Lady and the Church has asked us to do. But I also remember that it is optional for us Catholics, but instead of fasting or abstaining, we need to do something else, like alms giving, Good Works, or praying an extra Mass or Rosary. God love us all+

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