Kris Wartelle Lafayette Daily Advertiser Published 8:51 PM EDT Mar 21, 2019 On any Friday during Lent, a local group of the Knights of Columbus can be found cooking outside of Holy Cross Catholic Church in the Broadmoor neighborhood. One recent Friday, cars lined up outside of the Lafayette church for fried catfish meals, cooked fresh by group members. The smell of golden fried fillets wafted throughout the parking lot, as ladies served up the meals with warm cornbread hush puppies and french fries in handy to-go boxes. It was a feast, for sure. And, in predominantly Catholic south Louisiana, seafood Friday is seen as the way to avoid meat during the Lenten season. But is the way locals observe Lent really considered a sacrifice? Catholics in Louisiana admit, even though they may be giving up meat as part of the fast, it isn't exactly a penance. "It's not really a sacrifice," … [Read more...] about Seafood reigns in Acadiana, so is meat really a sacrifice for lent?
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Lent, a six-week period of spiritual preparation leading to Easter, begins Wednesday. It mimics Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness before he began his ministry. It is the prelude to the holiday that marks his death, burial and resurrection.Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, when ashes derived from palm fronds are applied to the skin of believers. Many Christians abstain from certain foods, beverages and habits, and spend more time in prayer and meditation.Catholics tend to rely on ritual in their observance of Lent. Protestants emphasize Scripture over institutional instruction and do not always prioritize Lent. They tend to prefer individual introspection and personal expressions of faith. That said, hierarchical Protestant churches, such as The Episcopal Church or the Presbyterian Church, do encourage collective, ritualized expressions of faith and often embrace opportunities during the Lenten season.For some parishioners in the Charleston area, Lent means giving up fried … [Read more...] about What Charleston area worshipers plan to give up this Lent
The “Holy War” is coming. The University of Utah Utes will play the Brigham Young University Cougars on Nov. 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the latest installment in the rivalry between the two schools. According to Winsipedia, the rival schools have been playing regularly since 1892 and the U has consistently dominated, winning 57 games to BYU’s 31. ESPN’s Matchup Predictor shows that the U will more than likely continue their win streak with an estimated 88.4 percent likelihood of victory. This longstanding series of football match-ups is the most obvious manifestation of the Holy War, but the rivalry between the U and BYU extends beyond football into the very identities of the two schools. Religion is often the dividing line between the two schools and is the reason for the otherwise normal college football rivalry being dubbed the “Holy War.” Religion, or the lack thereof, strongly impacts the academics and cultures of the two schools. These … [Read more...] about Sonnenberg: Celebrate Our Differences During The Holy War
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 10/18/2018 05:25 pm ET By Sahaj Kohli It’s tradition for Sikh parents to turn to the Guru Granth Sahib, our holy book, after a child is born and open it to a random page. That page will have a hukamnama ― an order of the day ― and whatever the letter is of the first word of the message should be used as the first letter of the first name of the child. My dad opened the book and immediately saw the word Sahej/Sehej/Sahaj ― meaning peace and tranquility ― and decided to use it for my first name. I grew up hating my name. Why did my parents have to pick something so hard and so unusual? But the truth is, Sahaj is actually a very common name. I know six people off the top of my head ― both male and female ― with it and while we spell our names using different variations, the meaning and cultural background are the same. We have at least one Indian parent who chose to pass down an entire history and family … [Read more...] about Dear Abby, Here’s What It’s Really Like To Have A ‘Foreign’ Name In America
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Baba Ramdev built a business empire out of mass yoga camps and ayurvedic products. But is his pious traditionalism a mask for darker forces? Baba Ramdev. Credit Bharat Sikka for The New York Times Supported by ByRobert F. Worth July 26, 2018 On a hazy day in early February, some of the most powerful men in India’s government gathered at Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi, an arena famous for its boisterous wrestling bouts. The men had come for a different kind of spectacle — a biographical film epic, whose initial episodes (out of 57 total) would be shown for the first time that evening. At the center of a makeshift stage, surrounded by smiling politicians and cabinet members, was the person whose life was being celebrated: a slender figure in saffron robes with a long, dark beard, his chest-length hair tied in a bun. He needed no introduction. This was Baba Ramdev, one of the most … [Read more...] about The Billionaire Yogi Behind Modi’s Rise