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Cruelty-free Christianity.

A blog post on going vegan for Lent brought comments ranging from lively debate to light-hearted banter. Join the conversation at

One should be careful in urging people to become vegan without advising them of the dangers. A vegan diet is good only if you know how to get the proper vitamins and minerals for your body. Proper education is essential. It is not an easy way to go and remain healthy.

The average American meat-eater's diet is dangerous, as well as being incompatible with the Holy Father's condemnation of factory farming. It's not the vegan diet that needs to be supplemented with blood pressure pills, antacids, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and bypass surgery.

This Lent, we should consider the words of St. Basil: "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. 0 God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brothers the animals to whom thou hast given the earth as their home in common with us. We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to thee in song, has been a groan of travail. May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for thee, and that they have the sweetness of life."

I could probably easily live without meat (at least for a while) and dairy products, but it's the Pepsi, Coke, RC Cola, Fifth Avenue bars, and Reese's Peanut Butter cups that I can't seem to let go of. LOL.

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Author:Derschan, Mary; Maya; Phillips, David
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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