Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and the Season of Lent

Pączki are Polish doughnuts traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday.

Pączki are Polish doughnuts traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday.

Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnivale. Whatever you happen to call it in your culture; it is traditionally a day of gluttony and gorging on goodies before Ash Wednesday tomorrow. Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, which is a penitential liturgical season that leads up to Easter and the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a day of obligatory fast and abstinence for Catholics. Also each Friday of Lent is a day of abstinence from meat binding for all Catholics.

Many people give up something for Lent. I myself abstain from meat throughout the whole Lenten season, not just Fridays. It is also a time for almsgiving and charity. I pray that your Lent is a fruitful one. One can certainly draw closer to God through penitential acts. God bless.

Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia

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