Questions I Answered on Catholic Answers Live: “Living & Loving Lent”

by Steve Ray on February 23, 2012

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1. Why do you have a skull on your desk and what do you mean it talks to you?
2. What is the liturgical norm as to who can distribute ashes? Only priests and deacons?
3. How did Lent start?
4. What is the reason for the ashes? Is there a biblical basis for it?
5. Why do we refrain from eating meat on Fridays in Lent? Why meat?
6. Are there things I can do instead of giving things up?
7. I am 10 years old. What is the main thing to do during Lent?
8. Why is fish OK but not meat?
9. Can Ash Wednesday be traced back to Genesis 3:9? “To dust you shall return.”
10. Is it true that fish is allowed because it is not an animal of sacrifice?
11. On the Day of Atonement the Jews could eat no meat, only fish. Could that be related to our days of abstinence?
12. What are your thoughts about having a small piece of candy to remind us not to be too dour during Lent?

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