Can you believe it's this time of year again?
In January, if you recall, I recommended we not make any kind of New Year's resolutions this year, but to wait until Lent - which is a much shorter span of time! Ha!
Well, now it's here!
Today is Mardi Gras (translated from the French as "Fat Tuesday") -- the last day to party down before the beginning of Lent!
As you may or may not know, Lent is a period of fasting, penance and alms-giving to the poor, to purge the soul and start anew.
But fasting doesn't just mean food! It can be anything we like to do --alcohol, tobacco, ten hours a day on the internet -- whatever.
And thus the question in conversation during this time of year -- "What did you give up for Lent?"
Ending with Easter Sunday, Lent is supposed to be forty days, right? Corresponding to the Christ's forty-days of fasting in the desert.
But now here's the fun part!
For some reason, Lent is always forty-six days, isn't it?
Well, the HUGE dilemma is that in the Catholic religion, Sundays are always and always days of feast! No matter what!
And we cannot both fast and feast on the same days, can we? lol!
So the Vatican accommodated this clumsy mess simply by extending Lent to forty-six day -- skipping all the Sundays!
And therefore, THE TRUTH ABOUT LENT is that it's only SIX days a week! And on the seventh day, you can party down and get back to business!
(Dear God! If anyone in the Vatican reads this, I'm totally sure I'm going to hell! But I didn't make up the rules! You Cardinals and Bishops did that a long time ago! And I'd really like to say THANK YOU for the day off!)
Happy Mardi Gras! And good luck to all of us during Lent!
(who's going straight to hell!)