Newsletter 20150220 Fat Tuesday is February’s fool

Posted: 2015/02/21 in Uncategorized

Proverb of the week:

“I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”

Pope Francis

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Fat Tuesday is February’s fool”  Written by Ronald L. Riedell

“Quote of the week

Story one

 

Fat Tuesday is February’s fool

When I think of Pascha, I am not referring to the 12-storey 97,000 square feet brothel in Cologne, Germany, with about 120 prostitutes, over 80 employees and up to 1000 customers per day.

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Pascha or Easter is the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, and considered the most important feast of the Christian year by most Christians.  I prepare for Easter during Lent, a period of 40 days of fasting and prayer, starting on Ash Wednesday and concluding on the Thursday before Easter.  Lent helps me gain an appreciation for Christ’s ultimate sacrifice and supreme act of love and mercy for me.

In case you did not know, Ash Wednesday was this last Wednesday. Prior to Ash Wednesday was Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, which kicked off the beginning of lent.

Lent (Latin: Quadragesima – English: Fortieth)

Jesus spent time fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by the devil before beginning his public ministry

There are traditionally forty days in Lent, which are marked by fasting, from both foods and festivities.  The three traditional practices during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor).

Do not be surprised if you walk into a church and see a cloth covering, religious objects, they are being veiled for the entire forty-days of Lent.  This is seen as in keeping with the Gospel in which Jesus “hid himself” from the people.

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Traditions are guidelines, not rules with consequences.  I will not judge you if you choose not to follow lent.

Quote of the week:

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“No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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