Ash Wednesday

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to…

Mardi Gras

Today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday (aka Shrove Tuesday and Carnival). It’s the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent for Catholics, mainline Protestants, and increasing numbers of evangelicals. Lent (the word means “lengthening of days”–i.e., “Spring”) was originally intended by the early Catholic church as a 40-day period of fasting…