At midnight in New Orleans the call was heard: "Fat Tuesday is over!" and, I hope, the party-goers returned to their homes, to begin the Lenten season (what were the chances of that, do you think?).
Well, the Great Fast has begun. May the Lord grant us every grace in this holy season as we perform works of prayer, penance and alms-giving, and seek to grow in holiness. That is what this season is all about: growth in virtue and holiness. Many people speak of giving something up for Lent, but I sometimes wonder if they know why? Not to lose a few pounds or get rid of a habit, but to offer penance for our sins and bring our bodies and minds under control so we can be more faithful in our observance of the Gospel.
Let us pray for each other, that what God wishes for us in this season may come to pass through our generous cooperation with his grace.
I wish you a good Lent.