Excluding meat from warm-blooded animals from our diets on Fridays during Lent is part of my Catholic upbringing. Even though I am Methodist now our family still practices this religious tradition. I think it is important to honor God and remember the sacrifice that was made for us.

Lent represents the 40 days Jesus was in the wilderness enduring the temptation of Satan. Lenten is an Anglo-Saxon word. It means spring. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday, the Saturday before Easter Sunday.

To help others understand you have to remember that this tradition dates back to the early church when meat was more of a luxury. In order to have a steady diet of meat you either had to be wealthy and buy it or have the land to raise it. The fast evened things up between the rich and the poor, reminding those that were wealthy what it’s like to be poor and to reach out as Christ would like them to. Anyone could fish and that is why fish is allowed.

In a nutshell, fasting during Lent is done because of tradition. It is a statement that we are in control of our desires and our focus is on God. We are wealthy compared to the rest of the world and should help those in need. It is one small sacrifice to show that we repent and turn to God.

If you perceive Lent in a different way or grew up with different teachings please feel free to share.

I hope you are able to glean some ideas from the meatless meal recipes I provide. If you don’t use them as a way to fast, they are still beneficial by being  healthful and most times frugal choices.

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