Question about Lent...have you ever heard of this?


#1

Ok, this is the 4th time I am posting this question, 3 times the website wasn’t responding, so it didn’t post and the last time, mid posting, I was bumped off-line, so here it goes again…I really need to know the answer, that’s why I’m diligent in posting this question.

Have you heard of the following statements:

During Lent, it is ok to indulge in whatever you “gave up”

If a feast day falls on a Friday during Lent, you can indulge in whatever you “gave up” and also eat meat.

If a feast day falls on either Ash Wednesday or Good Friday, you do not have to abstain from meat and do not have to fast…and you can indulge in whatever you “gave up”

The feast day also includes birthdays.

A gal on another mb I post at is making these claims and I have never heard of this before…can someone enlighten me? Thanks and many blessings!


#2

[quote=all4life]Ok, this is the 4th time I am posting this question, 3 times the website wasn’t responding, so it didn’t post and the last time, mid posting, I was bumped off-line, so here it goes again…I really need to know the answer, that’s why I’m diligent in posting this question.

Have you heard of the following statements:

During Lent, it is ok to indulge in whatever you “gave up”

If a feast day falls on a Friday during Lent, you can indulge in whatever you “gave up” and also eat meat.

If a feast day falls on either Ash Wednesday or Good Friday, you do not have to abstain from meat and do not have to fast…and you can indulge in whatever you “gave up”

The feast day also includes birthdays.

A gal on another mb I post at is making these claims and I have never heard of this before…can someone enlighten me? Thanks and many blessings!
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During Lent (and Advent) you are not obliged to fast on Sundays and also certain feast days, that is true. Also, if the feast day falls on a Friday, you are allowed to eat meat. I have never heard the part about the birthday.


#3

These boards can be frustrating that way. You think you’re posting, but you’re not.

It sounds to me like someone is trying to get out of the pentential spirit of Lent. If you claim to be giving something up for Lent, but then indulge it on some pretext, well then… you’re not really giving it up, are you?

Giving it up might cause some suffering, but that’s the whole point of Lent – to participate, deliberately and in some small way, in the Crucifixion, so that those parts of you and your way of living can die so that you can live in Christ more fully. The way I see it, the whole point of Lent is to come closer to being able to say, with Saint Paul, “It is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)

To the extent that we cannot say that, we need to find out what’s getting in the way, and give it up.

That said, it doesn’ t make sense to me to refrain from celebrating birthdays. (Valentine’s Day, on the other hand… :rolleyes: )

Scullinius


#4

Thanks…I didn’t think birthdays were considered feast days (that was news to me LOL).


#5

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