I decided to give up sweets today in place of meat, but I had a pop (soda to you non-Minnesotans :p) today without thinking about it and have eaten meat today and will be going out to eat meat tonight. I was wondering that if by breaking my penance of sweets I broke that Friday Penance rule, or can I do a new penance?
As to whether the soda violated giving up sweets, it’s all in how you define sweets. Are sweets anything with a sweet flavor or are sweets candies and desserts? Does a piece of fruit qualify or does its nutritional value override its sweetness?
In my case, I would define sweets anything that is sweetened with sugar or is sweet and has a high carb content. Under my definition, if it were a diet soda, you’d be “in compliance.”
It’s completely up to you. If you feel that you violated your giving up sweets, then by all means, do something else.
I would think that praying a rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet would be a good choice. Reading the Bible, stop by a church and do Adoration for a half hour. There are many penence that may be more beneficial than giving up pop.