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…lay all your love

Today crusaders we’re confronted with conflicting holidays. It’s a real battle of the head versus the heart, you might say, as Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to candy and cards, stares down Ash Wednesday, a day marking the start of the penitent season of Lent.

What a dilemma.

Of course, seeing as the full holiday is Saint Valentine’s Day we could take the opportunity to explore the religious foundation of the since commercialized holiday (spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well for St. Valentine).

Or we could take a break from this bleak winter weather to reflect on a timeless story of sacrifice, friendship, and forgiveness.

By which I am of course referring to the cinematic classic, “Mamma Mia.”

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…Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

Happy Mardi Gras! Today I’m interrupting your current Olympics obsession to remind you that today is Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday, if you prefer).

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Lent, which means that today’s your last chance to live it up for the next 40 days. Whether you plan to participate in the season of fasting leading up to Easter or not, it’s a good enough excuse to have a little fun on a Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

…Eat, Drink And Be Merry

mardi_gras_maskHappy Mardi Gras! For those of you not familiar with this Lenten tradition, it’s basically a great excuse to indulge your favorite food craving before giving it up for 40 days.

While I can’t help you with the food festivities, I can give you the online equivalent of binge eating with some mindless fluff to help you take your mind off more taxing matters.

So, to help you get into the Mardi Gras mindset, here’s a few worry free videos to give you a mental holiday at least… Read the rest of this entry

…unplug

microusb-charger-standardWe’re over one week into Lent, and if surveys are to be believed, odds are several of you are breaking your resolution right now. Read the rest of this entry

…Prepare

Some eye-candy for those of you giving up sweets for Lent. You're welcome.

A warning to all you non-Catholics out there.  Today is Ash Wednesday. 

That means all of your Catholic friends will be dirty, hungry and possibly hung over depending on how their Mardi Gras celebrations went.  So watch out.

Ash Wednesday, of course, marks the beginning of Lent.  It’s a time of repentance, reflection and preparation.

In other words, as any good Catholic knows, it’s a 40 day diet plan.

I’ve tried the deprivation approach before.  It usually lasts about a week. 

I try, really I do.  Last time I gave something up I was about half way through a brownie sundae when I remembered that I’d given up chocolate (oops).

And, yes, I did finish it.  There’s not enough Catholic guilt in the world to make me waste a perfectly good brownie sundae.

So, what will I be attempting to give up this year? 

I’m not telling.  Possibly because I don’t know what it is yet, but I can tell you it is not chocolate.

I’ve always thought the purpose of giving something up for Lent is to make you a better person.

And depriving myself of chocolate does not make me a better person. 

To all my fellow Catholics, I wish you good luck this Lent.  Here’s to a successful forty days.

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…some inspiration for the beginning of Lent: Epiphany