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Lent Madness!

posted Feb 14, 2013, 7:47 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Feb 14, 2013, 7:47 AM by in apropos ]
The early church marked Lent not only with acts of denial but also with study.  Lent was a time that people new to the faith, the catechumens, would learn the basics in preparation for baptism on Easter Sunday.
Today I bring you a seriously fun opportunity for learning and spiritual insight.   Seriously.
Basketball fans know that "March Madness" is almost upon us.  Teams compete in a single-elimination tournament to see who will be crowned top college team in the NCAA.
But basketball's not the part where we all learn something.  You should pretty much stop reading right now and go tolentmadness.org
Yes, Lent Madness.  Two Episcopal priests post an annual "bracket" pitting saint against saint.   Tim Schenk is rector of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham.  Scott Gunn is the executive director of Forward Movement, which publishes "Forward Day by Day" and many other valuable materials.
In one match-up, Martin Luther will take on Martin Luther King, Jr.  Another day, Damien of Molokai faces off against Frances Perkins (FDR's Labor Secretary).  Dorothy Day takes on Edward Demby.  
Who was Edward Demby?!   Exactly...  each day offers an introduction to the lives and works of saints who will fascinate, sometimes amuse, and always inspire you.  
Daily voting opens Thursday, the first full day of Lent.   I recommend that you visit the site each morning over breakfast.   If you have school age children at home, read it with them or to them.
Look for the bracket poster at church, and cast your vote for the Golden Halo!
David Barbrow
Senior Warden