A friend of mine is fond of saying that you have no business celebrating St. Patrick's Day unless you get up to go to early morning mass on St. Patrick's Day. By his criteria, what would he say about celebrating Mardi Gras unless you plan to go to services for Ash Wednesday and commit to a spirtual practice for the season of Lent?
I think this is a fair question. Does it reflect integrity to laissez les bon temps roulez and then give no thought to the somber weeks that follow? While you ponder this question, I will say that it is a lot of fun to put on some beads, to wear bright purple and gold clothing, and to escape from winter's heavy seriousness with an attitude of celebration.
Practice: With a joyful heart, give thanks for the ability to celebrate.
But, February 5th is not only Fat Tuesday. It is also Super Tuesday.
So, go ahead and wear your beads and bright clothes to your caucus site or primary polling place and celebrate our Democracy by actively participating in it!
Practice: With a grateful heart, exercise your civic responsibility by participating in our electoral system.