1. My kids have been asking me a lot why fish is okay to eat on Fridays but not meat. Why is fish not considered meat (or flesh)? Apparently, this comes from Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) who said the following:
Fasting was instituted by the Church in order to bridle the concupiscences of the flesh, which regard pleasures of touch in connection with food and sex. Wherefore the Church forbade those who fast to partake of those foods which both afford most pleasure to the palate, and besides are a very great incentive to lust.
Such are the flesh of animals that take their rest on the earth, and of those that breathe the air and their products, such as milk from those that walk on the earth, and eggs from birds. For, since such like animals are more like man in body, they afford greater pleasure as food, and greater nourishment to the human body, so that from their consumption there results a greater surplus available for seminal matter, which when abundant becomes a great incentive to lust. Hence the Church has bidden those who fast to abstain especially from these foods.
According to the linked article, Aquinas also believed Christ offered his flesh for our us on the wood of the cross. Since Christ gave us his flesh, we also give up flesh meat.
While I won’t be sharing all of this with my kids yet, the fact that meat tends to offer greater pleasure than fish (especially to my kids) and more so that Christ offered his flesh for our sins, will make sense to them.
As to why fish is not considered meat, it is because fish are not warm blooded. This seems to be the consensus outside of the Church as well.
2. I recently finished reading an excellent book about Saint Thérése for girls. It is called Saint Thérése and the Roses. This books paints her and her families life as quite idyllic, which it wasn’t, but for young girls especially it is an excellent starting point in teaching her Little Way.
3. While searching for an image of the St Thérése book, I discovered there is also a song by the same name. By Jackie Wilson:
4. For those looking for meatless meals for Lent, here are some ideas.
5. The same woman also writes Shower of Roses. She has some wonderful ideas to do with your family during this season (really you should check out her whole site. I’ll likely be linking it a lot). While late, I plan on setting up her Lenten Sacrifice Beans today.
6. In the same vein and keeping with St. Thérése, in the book above I discovered that St Thérése carried a string of beads in her pocket everyday. Her mother gave her these beads, called Sacrifice or Good Deed Beads, to help her keep track of the sacrifices she made for God each day. I really like this idea (for me and my kids) and I found out how to make one of these here.