For us Catholics, today is a very special day. Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of the Lenten season, perhaps is the most important season in the biblical year, even more important than Christmas. Because today leads to Easter Sunday, Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, the very cornerstone of our religion, which proves that Jesus is the Son of God.
But religion history aside, today also marks the start of fasting and abstinence season. Just to be totally clear about religious practices, of which I clearly am not the expert, I asked a friend, who currently is on the way to priesthood, about this. We do fasting (one meal a day during Ash Wednesday and Good Friday) and abstinence (non-eating of meat during all Fridays of Lent because meat was considered to be luxurious in the olden days) as an act of sacrifice to be one with the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though fasting and abstinence is not limited to just giving up food, you also have the option to give up something dear to you for the entire 40-day season as your sacrifice.
I have not exactly thought about my sacrifice for this Lenten season just yet. Would I give up eating white rice again? Would I give up eating carbs: rice, noodles, bread, cake and all the good stuff, for 40-days? Would I give up social networking and BBM (Black Berry Messenger) addiction? I don’t know. But I know I need to decide fast, maybe before the day ends.
For now, I just will start Lenten season with Thai Red Curry Fish to join the rest of the practicing Catholic world in this little sacrifice of just having a meatless single meal to last me throughout the day. Now that’s hard for a constantly hungry, meat lover like me.
And so, fish be with you.
Delirious about delicious,
P.S. My family actually does not strictly follow this practice. As we all have the Holy Week off (Holy Thursday and Good Friday are official non-working holidays in the Philippines), this is the only time we get to prepare and enjoy slow-cooked homemade meals together (We are a huge family of 8). Good Friday is actually steak-with-buttery-mashed-potatoes day. Sorry God. We’ve been bad Catholics.
P.P.S. To know more about fasting and abstinence for the Lenten Season, do read from here. This is the more official version of things.