Happy First Friday of Lent… the Friday after Ash Wednesday!
Today’s first reading in my Magnificat, struck me:
Sirach 34:26; 35:3 — A man who fasts for his sins, but then goes and commits them again: Who will hear his prayer, and what has he gained by his mortification? To refrain from evil pleases the Lord, and to avoid injustice is an atonement.
Folks, God knows we are going to sin… and in many cases, we will repeat sins (I may have sworn more than once…. SIGH); however, we are to busy ourselves with what pleases the Lord. For me, I’m busy with my family and getting my life back in order. You?
As you know, today is a day of Abstinence in the Catholic Church. We give up meat on Fridays in Lent. My family gives up meat year round (with the exception of if we are traveling or we forget…. and then, we do a Family Rosary or another penance – as is the rule).
But I didn’t come here to lecture you on how to do your Lent. I came to ask you what you’re serving for dinner. So what’s it going to be?
Tonight on my menu is Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Vegetables. Although, my vegetables will look more like onions, asparagus, yellow squash, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes and I think that’s about it. ❤ You see, we are also using what we have in an effort to clean out our Fridge/Freezer and Pantry.
Have I ever told you about the Pantry Challenge? I found Jessica’s Blog maybe like ten years ago. Back then, it wasn’t as “salesy”…. I have introduced a few friends to the blog this past couple years and they don’t like it as much as I did back when. But I like her style, I have some of her cookbooks, and I dig her logic. I’ve been doing the Pantry Challenge along with her since probably 2008-ish. It’s a great way to use what you have and make room for new… AND to go through and toss expired or old foods. If you go to this post – HERE – it is the first post of this year’s challenge. Informative!
Here are a couple links from my blog with great ideas for Meatless Meals:
- Quick Meatless Meals – Every Friday – All Year Long
- Meatless Holy Week
- Lent Starts Tomorrow, Are You Ready? – scroll down a bit on this one (ha).