Are you saying parties are sinful? No way! This particular “Go to Confession” campaign is for the people of Lake Charles, Louisiana, deep in the heart of Cajun country. This
is not ordinary party debris: this is Mardi Gras party debris.
So what? Mardi Gras is not just a day here in Cajun country: it is a season. The people of Lake Charles have been partying since January 6 (no joke).
Look it up.
So do Cajuns have to confess having a good time? No. Unless it spills over into out-and-out gluttony or drunkenness. In which case, yes, Cajuns (and everyone else) should confess it.
But what does Mardi Gras have to do with confession? When Mardi Gras ends, Lent begins the next day. Lent is a period of prayer, penance, and almsgiving. The people of Lake Charles know perfectly
well that they are supposed to deny themselves, by abstaining from innocent pleasures, such as balls, parties, fais do do, (look it up: it’s
a real thing) zydeco music, alcohol, king cake, and other good food Louisiana is famous for.
Why should we deny ourselves innocent pleasures? Self-denial helps us grow in virtue and self-control. Always a good thing, but especially in our day of over-indulgence and self-centeredness.
Don’t you think?
Does the Diocese of Lake Charles approve of this campaign? Dunno. Didn’t ask. I hope they like it.
I’m not from Lake Charles. How do I find out where to go to confession? You can go to www.masstimes.org and type in your zip code. You can find confession times listed for churches near you.
How do I do a campaign like this in my community? Contact us, and for a modest fee, we will share our images with you. Or, come up with your own images and phrases that are suitable for your
community. Go for it! The Ruth Institute prayer warriors will be praying for you, that is for sure!