A reader writes:
I hope that you and your beautiful family are well and as always thank you so much for the wonderful work that you do. I do have a quick question though and I am hoping you may know the answer. What is he Church’s teaching on the obligation of abstaining from meat on Fridays when a particular Friday is a major holiday. For what it is worth I also gave up meat on Saturdays for my many other issues I have….I have a lot of Atoning to do.
Big giant feasts like Christmas mean you not only may but *must* indulge yourself. No fasting on Christmas. All of creation is throwing a party.
Thank you again for your time and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday Season and a Joyful Christmas.
And the same to you and yours! Happy Advent and Merry Christmas!
Addendum: A reader sends along the following quirky anecdote about St. Francis of Assisi:
When Christmas Day fell on a Friday some of the friars asked St Francis if it was OK to eat meat, to which he replied, “On this day, even the walls should eat meat.” He then proceeded to slap some lard on the wall, just to make the point.