>(Not) Chewing the Fat

>In the evenings before bed, I often listen to podcasts from sites such as EWTN, SQPN, and Librivox. However on Sunday evenings after “Masterpiece Theatre”, I turn to WAMU 88.5 FM here in Washington, D.C. for my evening’s entertainment. From 7:00 pm to 11:00pm Ed Walker hosts “The Big Broadcast“, featuring recordings of classic radio plays, variety shows, and so on from the 1930’s through the 1960’s.

Last evening I enjoyed a detective serial from the spring of 1951, sponsored by Kraft Foods. The announcer took intervals during the story to push Velveeta processed cheese. During one of these breaks, he noted that Velveeta was a good source of milk products for the busy mother, “which is so important now that it’s Lent.” When was the last time you heard someone remind you of the liturgical season on commercial radio?

For Advent of course, Catholics do not have to fast or abstain from meat, and given the number of Christmas parties most of us either want or have to attend over the next several weeks, this is probably a good thing. At the same time however, it might be good to make a little sacrifice for yourself as we enter the new liturgical year this Sunday after Thanksgiving. Perhaps we can hold off on eating Christmas candy until Christmas actually arrives, or limit ourselves at Christmas parties taking place before Christmas to not eating any cakes or sweets. Not only would this be better for our saturated fat intake, but it would also make the 12 days of Christmas a bit more meaningful.