As Kendra at Catholic All Year so helpfully pointed out, the requirement to abstain from meat on Fridays has been relaxed, BUT Catholics are still required to do some penance on Fridays. So, if you’ve got some meat leftovers that really need to be eaten before they go bad but you still want to be penitential, read on!
1. Clean the bathrooms. Fact: it is impossible to feel like a big shot when you are scrubbing a toilet. Mother Teresa used to clean her order’s toilets for this very reason, and if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me.
2. Do a chore you’ve been procrastinating on. That pile of bills you need to go through, the junk drawer that really needs to be cleaned out, that hedge that needs to be trimmed… you get the idea. Christ defeated sin on a Friday; the least you can do is defeat a mess.
3. Be nice to someone you dislike. Jesus died to save everybody, not just the likable people. Give a kind word to the office jerk, call or e-mail a relative who bothers you, or give up your seat on public transportation.
4. Give to charity. Ignore the Friday deals retailers keep sending to you and give money to someone less fortunate, even if it’s just a dollar to the homeless guy downtown.
5. Read the Stations of the Cross. It’s hard to attend Stations outside of Lent, but there’s no reason you can’t read and meditate on them alone. Catholic Online has a great set of online stations.
6. Give up something small. Skip YouTube for a day. Drink one less cup of coffee. Forego makeup. Avoid blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and/or other social media.
7. Embrace silence. Turn everything off and just let God speak to you. To assist you in this, I’m not posting a song for take #7 this Friday.
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