Today is traditionally called Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday. It was a time to use up all food products that could not be eaten during the Lenten fast. Most people think of Mardi Gras as the parade in New Orleans. The same sort of process happened to what was called “Carnival” literally in Latin “carne vale” or “farewell to meat.” Now, it is the major parade in Rio. What we should be doing is thinking of how we will spend this Lenten Season of 2018. If at the end of Lent we are no closer to God than when we began, then this sacred season will be a loss. Let’s grow together this Lent!