I have never been a big one for self-deprivation (anyone who knows me will not find this surprising) - so when Lent rolled around, while my peers were eschewing crisps, chocolate bars and "being rude", I was giving up porridge, mashed potatoes and broccoli.
People say that the first few days are the most crucial, because once you take that biscuit, bar of chocolate or glass of wine, your Lenten diet may have gone, long before Easter. However, our fixation with food, or the lack of it, is only the surface manifestation of a significant part of the New Testament.
My predominant memory from a year ago this week was the rain. There was something about the joy everyone seemed to have in the rain as they awaited the verdict of the papal conclave that spoke to a participation in something more powerful than any ordinary election. The pope has referred to the Church as a field hospital.
On Earth as it is in Heaven" is the first in the weekly discussions designed to make spiritual concepts practical to everyday life. Rabbi Seth Phillips of the Keneseth Israel Synagogue in Allentown will talk April 2 on "The Practice of Compassion in Judaism - To Heal the World," about the importance of compassion and the common spiritual ties between the Christian and Jewish faiths.
Assisted by other Knights and high school students earning service hours, Goldman and team dipped fresh fish and shrimp in egg wash and then dunked them in the fryers underneath an outdoor tent. Goldman said proceeds from the dinners help support a variety of charitable endeavors supported by the Knights, such as support for seminarians and youth activities at the church.
"Attendance for our meals have grown and grown and grown over the years," said Ang Dusenbery, kitchen volunteer. "We added the fish, and now it's more popular then the pasta." The weekly meals welcome many of the same people week after week, and the volunteers said they see a good number of people who travel from outside the area.
In Louisiana, strict observers of the Lenten season have abundant fresh options, like fin fish, salty oysters or spicy boiled crawfish. On the radio network's website, Tom Gilbert makes the case for the glories of salt cod. At the same time, the curing process enhances the cod's flavor. "Salt cod," writes Gilbert, "is eaten in nearly every country that comes into contact with the Atlantic Ocean."
Hudson's Restaurant is cooking up a variety of seafood specials during the Lenten season and they will be offering these dishes on Fridays at both of their restaurants. JJ and Kevin Altomare shared the recipe for their mini lobster rolls with Fox 8's Kristi Capel.