So, how are you spending your Fat Tuesday? This is, after all, the day that we are to prepare for the great fast of Lent. In centuries past, this was done very practically by emptying the storehouse of perishable food items with a great feast. Today, however, we can certainly have a good (and holy!) time, but we can also spend a little more time contemplating how God is calling us to empty out the things which are cluttering our paths along our spiritual walk with Him. We can "fatten up", spiritually, before the great fast. What is blocking your way to God? What surplus habits can you throw off to lighten your load? In what ways can you rid your spiritual life of the items that are threatening to spoil and taint the good spiritual food the Lord has provided for you?
Today is the day to take stock. Feast on God's goodness and enjoy your many blessings. Eat, drink and be merry.... for tomorrow we fast. If you need help in preparing for Lent, take a look at CCM's Big Fat Lenten Post and peruse Father Joe's Twelve Labors of Lent Worksheet. Above all, pray and seek the guidance of the One you are turning towards.
Tonight we at St. John's have a parish Mardi Gras Festival in the Parish Hall from 5:30 - 7:00pm, where the Knights of Columbus will be serving pancakes and red beans and rice (with King Cake for dessert)! The cost is $4 per plate. Come out, buy a dinner and help support the teens from St. John's in their effort to go to Steubenville South this summer! Also, there will be NO Adoration tonight due to the festival.
Reposted from Mardi Gras, 2011. But the info's still good!