Faith Time: Christian Origins of Mardi Gras

This is a subject I feel doesn’t get enough attention during Mardi Gras.  Archbishop Thomas Rodi comes in to talk with us about the Christian origins of Mardi Gras.  The Carnival season is one big party for every age, but there’s a serious side too as many Christians get ready for lent and Easter.

“That’s a serious time of fasting and almsgiving and prayer and so before we begin the serious time we have a party,” said Archbishop Thomas Rodi with the Mobile Archdiocese.  Carnival literally means to remove meat and that’s what a lot of Christians would do take meat out of storage, eat it before it goes bad, eating meats or other rich foods generally not allowed during the sacrifice of the Lenten season.

“When we’re fasting too, we’re hungry, we remember that the true hungers of the heart can only be satisfied by god it’s a way to discipline our wills and if we can do that in one area of our lives we can discipline our lives in others.  Immediately following Fat Tuesday is Ash Wednesday–a Christian service to remind us our time on the earth is short.

“When we go to church and the ashes are placed on our head we remember the words ‘remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return,’,” said Rodi.  Parades and parties are cool with the Catholic Church as long as you don’t overdo it.

“Any good thing can be misused but Mardi Gras, carnival is just about having a time for Good clean fun before the beginning of the serious time of Lent,” said Rodi.

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