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This Week in Faith

By Katrina van de Water | Posted: Monday March 5, 2018

3rd Week of Lent

More about Lent

Not eating meat on Fridays. The rule that Catholics cannot eat meat on Fridays during Lent is not quite right and it is much more lenient now than what most Catholics in history have had to observe. Nowadays meat is only prohibited on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 

The idea was that Catholics should fast or take light meals and asking us/them to not eat meat was a sure way of ensuring everyone fasting. Now people are asked to fast and can choose what is best for their situation. The purpose of fasting is spiritual focus, self-discipline, in the imitation of Christ and a way of showing sorrow.