Ash Day vs. Snow Day

When I was a kid in school every year on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, right after Mardi Gras, they would troop us across the street to the parish church for the distribution of ashes. A solemn occasion that called for us to wear our Catholic hearts on our foreheads, if not ourContinue reading “Ash Day vs. Snow Day”

Mardi Gras: Pancakes and Flashing For Beads

Welcome to Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday in French). The day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the 40 penitential days of Lent. One last blow-out before all that self-denial and atonement. Oddly two symbols have come to represent Mardi Gras recently. The consumption of pancakes and the flashing of breasts in an effort toContinue reading “Mardi Gras: Pancakes and Flashing For Beads”

Booby-Trapped Tea Cups

Welcome to Holy Week, the lead-up to Easter and the end of Lent. Good Catholic lad that I am I always give up coffee for lent. It doesn’t do anything spiritually for me, just gives me some ammunition to look down on others with disdain. Until, that is, I run into someone who has givenContinue reading “Booby-Trapped Tea Cups”

Ash Wednesday: Welcome to Lent 2013

Today is Ash Wednesday, which means it’s Lent – “ … to whom and for how long”, as the old honeymoon joke punch line goes – the period of preparation for Easter through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Hey … as the Cheers character Carla Tortelli pointed out “It’s not a religion for wusses” This year even BenedictContinue reading “Ash Wednesday: Welcome to Lent 2013”