Take Five for Faith

  • Take Five for Faith - Daily renewal for busy Catholics
    Why do we abstain from meat?

    When food choices were far less varied than they are today, abstaining from meat was a definite disruption in one’s daily meal routine and a sacrifice. The practice of abstinence is intended to reduce our attachments to the normal and the expected so that we might be open to the many other ways God nourishes us. The issue is not the meat, but rather our attachments. Orthodox Bishop Kallistos Ware writes, “Evil resides not in created things as such, but in our attitude toward them, that is, our will. The purpose of fasting, then, is not to repudiate the divine creation but to cleanse our will.”

    Today's readings: 

    Hosea 14:2-10; Mark 12:28-34 (241).

    “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”

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