Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
So what are the rules for fasting and abstaining from eating meat during Lent?
According to the website catholicism.about.com
Some religions are stricter than others.
Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday.
Roman Catholics in the United States
Every person between the age of 18 and 60 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Eastern Catholic Churches
On the days of penance the Christian faithful are obliged to observe fast or abstinence in the manner established by the particular law of their Church.
Is Fish considered meat?
Christians have been eating fish on Fridays for hundreds of years. Fish are cold blooded and therefore considered fair game.
Some choose to go the route of the vegetarians and abstain from the flesh of all living creatures.
You know your faith. You know how seriously you take your religion. But if you are uncertain if it’s okay to stop for a burger this afternoon, it may be best to order the tuna or fish filet instead.