I know there was a book called What's the matter with Kansas but when I hear things like this my viewpoint is NOT MUCH :) .
|.....And finally, while it may be trendy to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle for
health, environmental or ethical reasons, we enter into the Friday abstinence
for matters of the soul. If the world thinks us odd, then we are in good company
with St. Paul, who was known to call himself “a fool for Christ.” If we want to
be different from the culture around us — and different for all the right
reasons — then we need to do things in a different way. |
The purpose of the abstinence remains primarily spiritual as a penance, a recalling of the Lord’s passion. It also can unite us spiritually to those who do not have enough food for the day. But as a public witness, it clearly adds to our Catholic identity. For that reason, it may be far more needed today than when it was observed more faithfully 50 years ago.
See the Bishop's article here.