Today is Fat Tuesday, or as we like to say in Chicago, Paczki Day

Today is Fat Tuesday or, as we like to say in Chicago, Paczki (pronounced “poonchki”) Day.

Today is the last day of indulging in sweets before, Ash Wednesday, which commemorates the beginning of Lent for the Catholic Church as well as most other Christian denominations.  Lent consists of forty days of fasting and prayer (and so much more) that leads to Easter Sunday.

When I was growing up (and not Catholic) the mystery of Lent was something I wanted to be a part of.  I would pretend to give up candy so I could be part of the conversation with the other kids who got to leave early every Wednesday to attend CCD classes.  I had no idea what I was talking about.

Now that I’ve been Catholic thirty plus years, I have found that the mystery of Lent still remains.  Every year, I struggle with giving up something(s) and sticking to it or just trying to keep up with the things I’ve chosen to read.  It seems I complicate it more than necessary.

So this year I have resolved not to do that. I’m going to take the advice of Fr. Storey from Holy Spirit Catholic Parish in Overland Kansas.

For more basic information about Lent, The Catholic Company has a great synopsis that you can read here.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker is conducting a “Blog Bible Study” that starts Ash Wednesday.

Melanie Rigney, author of Sisterhood of Saints is doing daily Lenten Reflections here and on YouTube.

Fr. Robert Barron is doing a special Lent Reflections series that you can sign up for here.

Have a great Lent!

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