Friday, February 14, 2003

Happy Death of Cyril, Apostle to the Slavs Day!

Isn't it fun to be Eastern Catholic? (Well, I'm still officially Roman, but just give me time.) Here's another interesting tidbit from the East: this week is the week of the Publican, since we read the gospel about the Pharisee and the publican praying in the temple. The Pharisee makes a point of telling God about all the fasting he does, while the publican merely says "Have mercy on me, a sinner!" In order to make us more like publicans, the Eastern church forbids us to fast during this week. So I'm eating meat today, even though it's Friday.

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