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Friday, December 15, 2006
Friday, A Day of Abstience and Penance
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O King of Glory, have mercy on us sinners!


Today is Friday, the day we commemorate Our Lord's passion and death. It was our own sins that condemned Our Glorious Lord to death - death on a Cross. As Catholics, we are still bound to either abstain from meat today or rather to do some act of penance. It was on this day of the week that Our Glorious Redeemer died for us. Please, never forget this, especially at 3 o'clock, the hour that He died. At 3 o'clock attempt to pray the 3 o'clock Mercy Prayer. Please remember Our Lord's love and repent today.

Code of Canon Law:

Canon 1251: "Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the episcopal conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday."
Canon 1253 provides an exception to the rule - and, perhaps, an explanation for the cultural shift: "The episcopal conference can determine more particular ways in which fasting and abstinence are to be observed. In place of abstinence or fasting it can substitute, in whole or in part, other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety."

Today is also a great day to pray the Stations of the Cross. The Stations are a wonderful devotion that can be prayed in Church or at home. Nonetheless, the stations allow us to contemplate the true love of our Redeemer during His bitter Passion. Please join me in praying the Stations of the Cross. Remember, it was on this day that He gave up His life all for you.

Prayer to the Glorious Cross:

I adore You, O glorious Cross, which was adorned with the Heart and Body of my Savior Jesus Christ, stained and covered with blood. I adore You, O Holy Cross, out of love for Him, Jesus, who is my Savior and my God.

(Pope Pius IX declared that reciting this prayer five times on Friday will free five souls from Purgatory and 33 souls by reciting it on Good Friday. This prayer should be recited before a crucifix with a contrite heart and praying a few minutes for the Pope).

Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified:

My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before you asking you most earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. As I reflect upon your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall the words the prophet David spoke long ago concerning yourself: they have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all my bones!

8 comments:

del_button December 15, 2006 at 5:15 PM
katoliko said...

a lot of people get bored of eating fishsticks and salad every weekend so here are some of my easy friday favorites:

sauted mushrooms with different herbs.
pour a table spoon of olive oil in the skillet, saute some garlic, onions, then put the sliced mushrooms in (not too long, you don't want it soggy), add salt, pepper, herbs of your choice (i like rosemary on my mushrooms). eat it by itself or with rice. (i'm used to eating some sort of meat with rice, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, mushrooms make a great substitute for the meat)

tuna helpers, especially the one with cheddar. it might not smell too good but it's delicious.

shrimp with white sauce pasta
you can buy white sauce, or make your own, just search on foodnetwork. boil pasta. in a pan, saute garlic, onions, then shrimp (not for too long or they will taste like jerky). add salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs, then pour the white sauce in, bring to a boil. (use cooked shrimp without tails)

tempura shrimp/broccoli/squash
take the shell of the shrimp except for the tail, cut the broccoli into little 3 inch trees, slice the squash into 0.5 cm slices. mix the tempura mix with some water, salt, and pepper, then add the shrimp/broccoli/squash in. before frying, shake excess tempura batter off so your oil does not get dirty too fast.

other ideas, salmon tastes great baked, i like tilapia fillets cooked on a pan to a light crisp, i like catfish fillets fried in a flour and egg batter.

squid tastes great breaded and fried, or you can clean it really well and make a stir fry with your favorite vegetables (ie snow peas, string beans, cabbage, carrots, onions, bean sprouts).

the directions aren't precise because i never follow recipes anyways. add your own twists and experiment!

God Bless

del_button December 15, 2006 at 5:34 PM
Moneybags said...

Great suggestions! Thank you for this contribution.

del_button December 15, 2006 at 7:48 PM
katoliko said...

oops, i wrote every weekend instead of friday

del_button December 17, 2006 at 6:01 AM
Anonymous said...

Hi Moneybags. Thank you for posting this reminder on what the nature of Friday is suposed to be. Unfortunately this is lost on many Catholics, who when you tell them this, look at you like you just sprouted a brand new head on your shoulders. I dearly wish the USCCB would address this issue. More importantly, I wish it was being adressed more directly in the pulpit. What do you think?

Mike

del_button December 17, 2006 at 6:03 AM
Anonymous said...

Hi Moneybags. Thank you for posting this reminder on what the nature of Friday is suposed to be. Unfortunately this is lost on many Catholics, who when you tell them this, look at you like you just sprouted a brand new head on your shoulders. I dearly wish the USCCB would address this issue. More importantly, I wish it was being adressed more directly in the pulpit. What do you think?

Mike

del_button December 17, 2006 at 7:08 AM
Moneybags said...

Mike, I absolutely agree that this needs to be taught more, especially from the pulpit. I am doing my small part here to spread the truth about Friday abstience, but I do wish the USCCB and priests would talk about it more.

del_button December 17, 2006 at 4:18 PM
Anonymous said...

HI Moneybags. Well at least I should get the chance after May of next year to address this and many other issues at the appropriate time. Deacons do get the faculty to preach in our diocese although they do not in all. It has to be at an approriate time and relate to the readings of the day but it does deem that a lot of opportunities are missed to talk about certain things.
How are you doing on your own road of discernment?
Mike

del_button December 17, 2006 at 6:28 PM
katoliko said...

It's interesting that the reasoning behind it was that some people did not see abstaining from meat as a penance (ie, they lived near the ocean, they're vegetarian), so these folks had to find something else to do as penance. It wasn't to loosen up the rules.

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