‘Tis the season of Fish
Posted on February 24, 2012
Today is the first Friday of lent. For Catholics who observe the lenten season, it means the season of fish. From the dawn of Christianity, Friday has been signaled as an abstinence day, in order to do homage to the memory of Christ suffering and dying on that day of the week. The “Teaching of the Apostles” (viii), Clement of Alexandria (Strom., VI, 75), and Tertullian (De jejun., xiv) made explicit mention of this practice. Here’s another article from Catholic answers:
“Finally, we should mention why Friday abstinence was imposed. The Church recognizes that, since meat is a chief part of most meals served in most places, and since meat is usually the most valued or expensive part of a meal, abstinence from meat on Fridays is a good way for Christians to unite themselves more closely to the sufferings of their Lord (Rom. 8:16-17, 1 Pet. 2:21) by denying themselves something they enjoy. Abstinence from meat is a sacrifice which unites them in penance and strengthens the solidarity of the Church through mild suffering. It’s also a good form of mortification, which disciplines the soul and strengthens its resistance to concupiscence. St.Paul practiced and recommended mortification: “I drive my body and train it, for fear that after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27).”
In order for the kids to “endure” the fish diet for 40 days (at least every Fridays) I will have to make it look at least palatable.
The idea is not to “enjoy” but to endure 🙂 Here’s our dinner tonight:
Broiled Tilapia, Asparagus, Grape Tomatoes and Onions.
I sprinkled Tilapia fillet with salt & pepper, broil it for about 12 minutes at 500°
I steamed the asparagus and grilled the grape tomatoes in the pan.
As simple as that, and dinner is served!