Now, again, if you're NOT going to abstain from meat on Fridays, you NEED to be doing SOMETHING and what you choose should be an equivalent sacrifice/penance on your part. So, with that in mind - why not stick to abstaining from meat?! Meatless Fridays USED to be synonymous with Catholicism! It USED to be so popular that many restaurants offered "Fish Fry Fridays" so they would not lose the Catholic business on Fridays. I urge you to join me in giving up meat on ALL FRIDAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
A further reminder as to WHY we do this... it is because EVERY Friday is like a "little Good Friday" and EVERY Sunday is like a "little Easter Sunday." EVERY Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! You can't have Easter without Good Friday! When we give up meat on Fridays then at every meal where we would have or may have had meat, and/or while we are out with our non-Catholic friends and they are eating meat - we call to mind the REASON we're not partaking in meat on Fridays is to call our attention to the Cross of Christ. In some small way this little sacrifice unites us to His Ultimate Sacrifice of the Cross. With that in mind, we joyfully offer up our penance on Fridays - ALL Fridays throughout the year.