As a newbie to the Catholic Faith I have tried to strictly adhere to the Friday fast and abstinence during lent. I have found this practice so spiritually beneficial!
So needless to say, I was horrified today when I was on my second Taco Bell taco and it suddenly dawned on me that it was Friday!
I immediately asked God's forgiveness and stopped eating the rest of my food. I have a very strange work schedule and often lose track of which day of the week it is, so that coupled with getting caught up on autopilot with my busy life, led me to completely forget it was Friday. Interestingly enough it was a news report on the upcoming conclave that reminded me.
So, what is one to do? I found this clip from Cardinal Francis George that seemed to sum it up really well and straight to the point. Looks like abstinence the rest of today and tomorrow is a good choice for me.
I also found a web answer that did a good job emphasizing that any extra penance you do should be because of your love for God and not just because someone told you to do it.
Lets remember to align our hearts with Christ this Lenten season and all year!
So here is the youtube clip: