Fat Tuesday otherwise known as Mardi Gras is the final day before we enter the season of Lent. It has been chilly here in Louisiana and cold everywhere else. Tomorrow we are reminded by the ashes to be repentant, that is to say to be sorrowful for our sinfulness, seeking to live more virtuous and devout lives.
We can begin by reflecting on those cardinal or moral virtues: prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude. Will we allow them govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to faith and reason, or will we fall to the ways of the world. Jesus said "the truth will set you free" The truth is we were meant for much more than this world, we are sons and daughters of God. Lent affords us the time and the place to restore that natural order of our birthright as His children. Lent is the time to rid of ourselves the baggage that will not lead to eternal life. It is all about finding God in all things and to strive for holiness as we are called to do.