I’m fasting on Fridays for lent, but I have a question on which I’d appreciate some advice. I’m in a Protestant household, and my family has a tradition of having lamb on Good Friday of holy week. It symbolizes the Lamb of God giving up his body for all of us.
It’s a neat tradition, I think, and I know that my family would be both upset and disappointed if I didn’t participate. I’ve kept the fast ever since I knew of its existence, each Friday of Lent, until this coming Friday. I think that I should break that fast just this Friday though, for my family, as well as to participate in what I see as an excellent tradition. I prayed about it, and I don’t think the Lord minds.
I’m wondering, does Catholic custom allow for me to make an exception like this? Or is the rule absolutely unbending? I do believe it’s okay that I do this, but I want to make sure by asking for the opinions of some of the rest of you before I go ahead.
I feel quite sure that the Catholic priests at my Catholic Church would say yes, but they so far seem pretty liberal to me, so I don’t know how to take an opinion they might voice about it.