Happy Memorial Day
All my weight loss is but a memory.
No, that isn't what Memorial Day means. My father was a veteran of WWII. He died on active duty in July, 1952, a day after his 32nd birthday. I don't remember him that way - I was 16 months old. But I remember his service. RIP, father.
My mother had me baptized and raised as a Roman Catholic. As a result, when I stood on the scales this morning, a phrase went through my head - "To fast and abstain on the days appointed." I wanted to put that in context, so I Googled it.
A Systematic Study of the Catholic Religion 338. The second commandment of the Church is to fast and abstain on the days appointed. It appears to be of Apostolic origin; but it is ever adapted by the authority of the Church to the changing circumstances of times and places. Since it regards important matters, it carries with it a grievous obligation; still a slight transgression of the law constitutes only a venial sin.
The Baltimore Catechism : Lesson 35 389. Q. WHICH ARE THE CHIEF COMMANDMENTS OF THE CHURCH?
A. The chief commandments of the Church are six:
To hear Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
To fast and abstain on the days appointed.
To confess at least once a year.
To receive the Holy Eucharist during the Easter time.
To contribute to the support of our pastors.
Not to marry persons who are not Catholics, or who are related to us within the third degree of kindred, nor privately without witnesses, nor to solemnize marriage at forbidden times.