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Old May 23, '17, 7:12 am
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Default Re: Friday Penance

I vacuum the house and clean the bathrooms. Both jobs I hate, but help my wife with the household workload as she hates those jobs as well.
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Old May 23, '17, 10:40 am
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I only recently found out that we are still required to perform penance on Fridays even outside of Lent,
Penance should be done every day. CCC 2041 says that the Precepts of the Church are the "very necessary minimum". We should be growing beyond the minimum.
the grace that has been granted you is that of suffering for Christís sake, not merely believing in him. - Philippians 1:29

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Old Jun 2, '17, 9:33 am
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The guidance by the Bishops Conferences states that Christ died for our Salvation on Friday and by some sort of penance we should be reminding ourselves of that pivotal element of our faith every single week.

"For this reason we urge all to prepare for that weekly Easter that comes with each Sunday by freely making of every Friday a day of self-denial and mortification in prayerful remembrance of the passion of Jesus Christ.

Among the works of voluntary self-denial and personal penance which we especially commend to our people for the future observance of Friday, even though we hereby terminate the traditional law of abstinence binding under pain of sin, as the sole prescribed means of observing Friday, we give first place to abstinence from flesh meat. We do so in the hope that the Catholic community will ordinarily continue to abstain from meat by free choice as formerly we did in obedience to Church law."

I also do not like the idea of praying more (rosaries, etc) as a good form of 'penance' any more than speaking to another loved one is a penance. I think it particularly sends a negative message to youngsters. The manual labor of helping your spouse clean the house sounds to me like the sort of option we could choose along with Corporal Works of Mercy. The church's intent was to regularly perform an act, not heroic mind you, but of a nature that would remind us that it is Friday and to keep Our Lord's passion in mind.

Heck, the easiest thing IMHO to comply with this obligation is to abstain from meat, unless you are a vegetarian. Cant imaging why one would twist oneself into a pretzel coming up with ways to comply with these (2) Canons when pushing the steak and chops aside is uber-easy. Nobody has ever questioned me about my choice of fish. If they link my choice to my Catholicism and ask if that rule wasn't trashed years ago, I will usually say "old habits die hard".
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