Mardi Gras

The season of lent begins tomorrow, so today is Mardi Gras–Fat Tuesday.

Spend 10 minutes in silence preparing your heart for this season of slowness.

Create a final list of the disciplines and practices you will take on during this season.

Then take time to indulge–eat a cupcake, drink a glass of wine, savor the things you will give up for the next 40 days. Indulgence will make your fast more meaningful.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.