Abstinence and Social Annoyances

My Lenten Abstinences

Was happy to see all the comments regarding my previous post, which asked those who observe such things: what do you plan on giving up for Lent? Ha! That’s a laugh. I’d probably have a heart attack if readers of this journal started commenting like those who do on most all of the other blogs I’ve read.

Either no one who peruses these pages are Catholic, or everyone gave up commenting for the Lenten season and the rest of year for that matter. I just don’t understand why people don’t post anything here. My stats’ log shows daily visits by many. Is the content of these tirades not interesting enough to warrant a remark?

I must be a dreadful bore. The same goes for my posts on Twitter and Facebook. So with that in mind, I’ve decided to give up Social Media for Lent. No biggie. Surely no one will probably notice. A mention on Twitter of my giving it up for 40 days got a like from someone who was most likely happy to see me go away.

Along with Social Media, for anyone who may be interested, I’ve also given up eating meat on Fridays during Lent, something practicing Catholics are still required to do all year round but don’t really know it.

I just found that out, having been under the assumption that Vatican II abolished the practice. Actually the National Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a “Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence” in 1966 which declared:

Among the works of voluntary self-denial and personal penance which we especially commend to our people for the future observance of Friday, even though we hereby terminate the traditional law of abstinence binding under pain of sin, as the sole prescribed means of observing Friday, we give first place to abstinence from flesh meat. We do so in the hope that the Catholic community will ordinarily continue to abstain from meat by free choice as formerly we did in obedience to Church law.

Note in the above passage the authors stated, “We do so in the hope that the Catholic community will ordinarily continue to abstain from meat by free choice…,” which also inferred their expectation for abstinence. From that point onward, Catholics followed only the part about “No more no meat on Fridays” and ignored the rest.

Anyway, I’m sure this doesn’t concern the majority of my readers, but relaying the information was a great way to eat up my 500-word quota for this week’s diatribe. Will I continue to abstain from eating meat on Fridays after Lent? Maybe is all I can promise for now, even though it’s a healthy thing to do. Paul McCartney would be so proud of me.

What about Social Media? Will I return there as well when Lent ends officially? As in the often-said words of President Donald J. Trump, “We’ll see what happens.”

Typically, when I finish a weekly entry in this journal and publish it, my Twitter and Facebook accounts post a snippet automatically with a link to the latest article here at WordPress, which will no longer happen until after Lent, since I’ve given both up for the duration. LinkedIn will still receive notifications, as I don’t consider that as being “Social Media,” even though my connections there don’t make comments either.

Thanks, as always, for stopping in and for your continued support.

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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1 Response to Abstinence and Social Annoyances

  1. Sucks when I have to be the one to leave a comment on my own post!

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