Mardi Gras is over and Lent begins

N.O. Archbishop: Prayer goes with sacrifice

Kenny Kuhn
February 26, 2020 - 11:26 am
Archbishop Gregory Aymond

Carnival is over, the Mardi Gras parades and revelers are gone and now is the time for many Catholics to repent on Ash Wednesday.

“Mardi Gras is that last fling of partying, and dancing, and drinking, and all of that, then we go from a very sharp contrast from that into a more quiet life in which we ask God to be close to us and to see what in our life needs to change,” said New Orleans Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond.

He says many Catholics today will choose to sacrifice something in their life for the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday.

“When we give up something, whatever we give up it’s a distinct reminder of that area of life that needs to change,” Aymond said. “And so very often we give up something or we do something extra, but prayer has to be united with that as well.”

“When God looks at my heart with me what is it he would say ‘this needs some adjustment,’ ‘this needs change,’ ‘this needs conversion,’ once we find out what that is that God is asking us to change then we chose a penance that could help us to achieve that, said Aymond.


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