It is true – you have found me out. There are a number of reasons that come to mind about why I love being part of the family of God in the Catholic tradition. Among the more base reasons are its celebrations. Even in the middle of Lent, a time of penance and austerity, Mother Church, encourages us to celebrate. The best part – she planned it this way.
Every year during Lent, we celebrate two Solemnities: Joseph, Husband of Mary (March 19) and the Annunciation (March 25). After pondering the depth of these profound mysteries the Church instructs us to celebrate. This year though, the Solemnity of the Annunciation is on a Friday. Now I ask you, “How can we celebrate, truly, without meat?!?” A fair question since the Law of Abstinence applies to all Friday’s during Lent. But wait! She has thought about that:
Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
It is not that I want to be legalistic or anything but it seems that our Lord has designed us to enjoy life and to enjoy it to the fullest (John 10:10b). Therefore, I feel comfortable saying, “Grab a burger tomorrow, cause meat’s back on the menu boyz!!!”
Just another another reason why I love being Catholic…