It’s Valentines Day 2018! It’s also Ash Wednesday so, if you’re Catholic, and if you didn’t gorge on Fat Tuesday you’re out of luck come dinner this evening. Forget about having a steak dinner with your sweetie, your ass has to fast. Per the Archdiocese:
In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday the obligation of fast and abstinence must naturally be the priority in the Catholic community. Valentine’s Day can appropriately be celebrated the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday which also happens to be Mardi Gras, a traditionally festive time before beginning our Lenten observance
Catholics pray, fast, and contemplate spirituality during the 40 days of Lent as a way to prepare for Easter – the Resurrection of Christ. At the end of the day, who knows if any of this is even true. It’s all such a leap of faith. Can we be judged for sneaking in a burger, or two, maybe three during Lent?
Fasting isn’t limited to the Catholic Church. Muslims have Ramadan, a month of their own to detach from worldly pleasures and focus on prayers spending more time at the mosque than at any other time of the year. Of course this doesn’t include the 5 daily prayers expected of them every day of the year. F*ck, that’s a lot of praying.
Ugh. Religion. Whatever you are, whoever you believe in, be true to yourself and on this day if only for this day learn to love your neighbor….no matter how much of an asshole she is.
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