Question #18158

Ate meat (intentionally) during Great Lent. What should I do?

Basically, I was picked up from school by one of my family friends and she told me that she had bought me a souvlaki (meat based food) to eat. I did not want to be rude, so I ate it (knowing full well that I was fasting). What should I do now? (I am Greek Christian Orthodox by the way)

  • OPsaltis

Fasting is your burden, not that of someone trying to be kind. Meat is not poisonous during Lent, but something we lay aside voluntarily (along with other things -- the most important of which is fasting from sin itself!)

  • magix151

Don't do anything. You chose not to offend someone by eating some food rather than refuse a gift. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, you did the right thing. It will be alright.

  • Fireсоск

Wash it down with Moscato wine, it is a perfect pairing.Oh, you still go to school, so never mind

  • K. Orrez

I'm not Orthodox, but I think sometimes kindness and respect trump rules. If you ate the meat with that intention, you did no wrong. Again, that's my opinion and I am not Orthodox.

  • ?

Where does it say in the Bible that you have to fast during Lent? It doesn't. That's a man made rule, not God's.

  • Campbell Hayden

Take a dump ... and go back for seconds on the Souvlaki.

  • Jimson S. Raskin

Nothing you can do. That's a federaI felony, punishable by 3-5 years in a federal penitentiary and subject up to a $10,000 fine.

  • Think Different

Just fast an extra day longer or do the whole thing over after it ends if that will make you happy, to make up for it. It's not like you ordered it for yourself. You were trying to be respectful of her thoughtfulness. Quit beating yourself up over it. To turn it down would be rejecting her joy to help you. Get over it you just made a judgement call on the fly.

  • ?

We reap what we sow, so there will be consequences, either in this world or in the world to come. Unless that food would have been wasted if you didn't eat it. Or whatever. Good works are good, but we're saved through faith in Jesus which produces righteousness, not by works. I'm doing Lent this year as well.

  • Corvus Blackthorne

You've done it now. Your God will reject you, and you will burn in the lake of fire for all eternity for one little mistake.