Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, gets its name from the custom in many Catholic countries of using up fat, meat, and sugar before the fasting season of Lent.
For many today is a great day of celebration – Carnivale in Rio, parties in New Orleans and “king cakes.” Today is also a day to prepare for the upcoming season of Lent. Lent is a time for spiritual renewal and each one of us is called to return to God with all our hearts. As you ponder what to give up perhaps it is a good time to think about what else you could do to show your love for God. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday so let us take this opportunity to prepare well for the days ahead as we journey to the great celebration of Easter.
Pat Schifini, OSU