Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lent Madness

Why have I not paid attention to Lent Madness sooner?  For those of you who don't know what Lent Madness is all about, I strongly urge you to check it out.  Here's a brief quote from them about Lent Madness: "Who will win the Golden Halo? Lent Madness pits 32 saints in a 'holy smackdown' for the prize, and you will decide the winner."

It seems fitting that, given the intentional connection between Lent Madness and March Madness, there is an unexpected connection as well.  Lent Madness is hosted by Forward Movement, which happens to be based in my diocese (Southern Ohio).  "It's the first time in NCAA tournament history that four schools from a single state have advanced to the Sweet 16 in the same season." (ESPN Stats & Information)  Those four schools all happen to be located in, you guessed it, Southern Ohio.  Now that my little plug for Ohio is done, on to Lent Madness.

Not only do you get the chance to vote on your favorite saints (some bishops have already endorsed theirs), you get to learn about the saints as well (which I think is really the point).  This is really a fun, interactive way to learn more about the people we celebrate throughout the year in our church calendar.  If you have the time, watch the video posted below for this weeks updates, then head over to www.lentmadness.org to cast your vote.

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