Every once in awhile, I'll hear about something supposedly "new" and think to myself that it's something that Catholics invented a long time ago. Such is the case with these "Meatless Mondays." A friend of mine proudly told me about her family's efforts to have one day a week where they abstain from meat. Now it's made it into the NY Times. And guess what, Catholics have been having one day a week where they don't eat meat for... well, a pretty long time. It's still required by canon law, although here in the U.S. our episcopal conference has allowed us to substitute another sacrifice instead, though meat abstinence maintains a place of honor for Friday sacrifice.
Of course, there's nothing alliterative about "Meatless Fridays," but it is the day on which our Lord died. And that means the motivation is not simply all the natural benefits hyped by MMers... there's also a supernatural motivation and benefit. How can we make Friday meat abstinence "cool" again?