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I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
– Abraham Lincoln
Mardi Gras, literally ‘Fat Tuesday’ has grown in popularity in recent years as a raucous, sometimes hedonistic event. But its roots lie in the Christian calendar, as the ‘last hurrah,’ before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. That’s why the enormous party in New Orleans, for example, ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday, with battalions of street sweepers pushing the crowds out of the French Quarter toward home.
For those of us who value the beauty of this season, even when faced with perceived indifference or hostility toward it, we pray for grace
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
– Proverbs 4:23
Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.
– Luke 10:23-24
December’s gifts–custom, ceremony, celebration, consecration–come to us wrapped up, not in tissue and ribbons, but in cherished memories. This is the month of miracles. The oil that burns for eight days, the royal son born in a stable, the inexplicable return of Light on the longest, darkest day of the year. Where there is love, there are always miracles.
– Sarah Ban Breathnach