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Because the USCCB has stated that abstaining from meat is no longer required on Fridays, but that we should do something of our own choosing, I am now worried because it never crosses my mind that Fridays are supposed to be days of abstinence/penance. Does this mean that I have been in a continuous state of mortal sin and, since I have never Confessed this, it means all my prior Confession are invalidated?
It is not that I purposely ignore the Friday thing, it is just I never really think about it (or I read about it and forget about it) and never think to Confess it.
What are some suggestions for Friday penance?
You can't be in mortal sin if you didn't realize something was considered a mortal sin. Period.
For the future just try to make Friday a special day for our Lord, by sharing in His suffering through an act of penance. This can be giving up meat for the day, desserts, candy, soda, or non food penances such as saying extra prayers, giving up your favorite t.v. show, internet, anything that makes you die to yourself for the day. But try to make it the same thing each Friday so you are less likely to forget. ;)
From what I've read, on Catholic Answers, it is only a mortal sin to not abstain from meat on LENTEN Fridays.
I will look up the Ask the Apologist quote and get back to you.