We have always abstained on Fridays, for several reasons:
- I knew that if we didn't, it was unlikely we'd remember to do some other penance
- I think it helpful to retain a Catholic identity by doing what those who preceded us (and those who think like us) did and do
- I tend to hang on to traditions anyway.
But I think we'll add abstaining from alcohol to our Friday practice, just to keep it fresh - and penitential (those fish and chips were really good!)
PS I blogged about why this was a good idea here - all credit to our bishops!