Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Celebrating our Blessings on Mardi Gras

Orpheus. Endymion. Thoth. Bacchus. These are not names you would immediately associate with the Catholic Faith. Yet, in New Orleans, these Greek & Roman gods find themselves caught in the middle of a very Catholic celebration... something we call Mardi Gras. ....

The word Carnival actually comes from the combination of two Latin words: "Carne" and "Vale." Carne means meat. Vale means "good-bye." So the term "Carnival" really means "good-bye meat!" Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays in Lent. And Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting. No meat.
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can't begin to tell you what the Saints' victory means for the City of New Orleans (and for all of South Louisiana for that matter). It is something you just have to experience. The sense of celebration in the air is palpable. And the streets are flooded with people. Ash Wednesday is going to be more than just an end of Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent. In a very real way it is going to symbolize a return to normalcy after two weeks of intense celebration of the New Orleans Saints. We will not forget the victory. But one can celebrate for only so long. It can't go on like this forever. And I think that's the point of Mardi Gras: to celebrate intensely the blessings in our lives, and then to return to the daily grind of our lives with a renewed sense of gratitude... and joy!


....As we say down here in South Louisiana, Laissez les bon temps roulez! Let the good times roll!


Jeff Young is an expert and contributing writer for iibloom. Jeff is the Catholic Foodie. He produces the Catholic Foodie blog and podcast at http://www.catholicfoodie.com. In his spare time, Jeff teaches Religion and Spanish at St. Paul's in Covington, LA.

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