Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fasting With the Belgians

Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence. For Catholics, this is a simple way of denying ourselves in order to focus on something bigger than the immediate earthly desire. It helps us to slow down and acknowledge our weaknesses. But that doesn't mean we're gloomy. In fact, it should be just the opposite as we are reminded of the eternal salvation won for us today.

After The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at our church Friday afternoon, and a simple dinner, Colleen and I decided to relax with a nice beer and think about the events of these Holy Days. Alas, I hadn't planned ahead. I've been working through the odds and ends of beers left in the basement, and the stash is random and assorted. I spied a bottle from 2009 of Orval, and a lone bottle of Duvel. That'll do! It wasn't until I grabbed a couple of Chimay glasses that I realized just what an eclectic assemblage this was. And tasty too!

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