There’s No Fat Tuesday Without Lent

Today is Fat Tuesday. It’s interesting how popular culture loves the Catholic holidays that relish in the indulgent aspects of life (whether rightly or wrongly): Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), St. Valentine’s Day, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. However, there’s no real celebration and fun without the healthy contrast of sacrifice and work.

Similar to Ven. Fulton Sheen’s oft-applied analogy that there cannot be an Easter Sunday without a Good Friday, there cannot be the proper disposition of celebration on Fat Tuesday without a meaningful and penitentiary Lenten season. We must hit the ground running when Lent starts tomorrow to make Fat Tuesday and Easter properly celebratory.

So let’s complete our Lenten checklists now:

  • Fasting
  • Prayer
  • Almsgiving
  • good examination and confession

It’s also a perfect season to pick up a spiritually challenging and enlightening book! Read, read, read. What are your plans for Lent?

Anyway, I hope everyone has a fun Fat Tuesday. Remember to eat at least one Pączki!


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