Fridays of Lent

Hoy es Vigila

Today I saw this sign at the seafood section of Walmart, which reminds us all that it is Friday in Lent, a day for Catholics to abstain from meat.

Abstinence from all meat is to be observed by all Roman Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent.

According to Catholic teaching, abstinence is a form of penance. Penance “expresses sorrow and contrition for wrongdoing, indicates intention to turn away from sin and turn back to God, and makes reparation for sins. It helps to cancel the debt and pay the penalties incurred by transgressions.”

This picture, taken in Walmart, reminds me of how Catholic this country is. Please pray that all of the religiosity in Mexico will not blind people to seeing that the only payment for our sins took place on the cross and that there is nothing we can do to pay for our own sins.