Mardi Gras

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Fat Tuesday and Lent

When we hear the term “Fat Tuesday,” an occasion more commonly known by the French name “Mardi Gras,” we often think of scenes of debauchery, gluttony, and sinful partying. But this image is more of a current rendition of this traditionally spiritually fueled day. While today there is more emphasis on beads, alcohol, and parties, […]

Lent and Mardi Gras, or ‘How Mortification Leads to Joy’

I just got back from New Orleans where I celebrated that very Catholic festivity known as Mardi Gras by doing a very Catholic thing: drinking beer. I did it in moderation, of course. Despite the fact that Mardi Gras is ridiculously Catholic, people are usually ignorant of its Catholic origins. They simply see it as […]

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