Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
The Gospels speak of a time of solitude for Jesus in the desert immediately after his baptism by John. Driven by the Spirit into the desert, Jesus remains there for forty days without eating; he lives among wild beasts, and angels minister to him. At the end of this time Satan tempts him three times, seeking to compromise his filial attitude toward God. Jesus rebuffs these attacks, which recapitulate the temptations of Adam in Paradise and of Israel in the desert, and the devil leaves him "until an opportune time". CCC 538
The evangelists indicate the salvific meaning of this mysterious event: Jesus is the new Adam who remained faithful just where the first Adam had given in to temptation. Jesus fulfills Israel's vocation perfectly: in contrast to those who had once provoked God during forty years in the desert, Christ reveals himself as God's Servant, totally obedient to the divine will. In this, Jesus is the devil's conqueror: he "binds the strong man" to take back his plunder. Jesus' victory over the tempter in the desert anticipates victory at the Passion, the supreme act of obedience of his filial love for the Father. CCC 539
St. Patrick's Day,observed every March 17,is packed with parades, good luck charms, drinking, eating and all things green. The event started as a religious holiday, but over time it's become a celebration of Irish culture.
Catholics need to choose how to observe Lent Friday and St. Patrick's Day, as they are mutually exclusive, contrary to what the Diocese of Orange's (California) #LentenLight Dispensation. Such Disoensation implies the Passion of the Christ is not that important.
As for me and my House, we've decided to celebrate St. Patrick's early and late: start St. Patrick's celebration Thursday, abstain Saturday & close out Saturday
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.
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