This is the last refection before next Wednesday, Ash Wednesday. So let’s talk about Mardi Gras. For me, Mardi Gras has significance not so much as a day of indulgence, but, like Christmas Eve perhaps, as a day that precedes a particularly solemn season. As with many things in life, it’s the anticipation that makes it pleasurable, and the eve of Ash Wednesday offers a moment to experience quite an anticipation. It can be a real relief to have a last bit of feasting and revelry before the long Lenten penitential season begins, even though it might be a little low key this year because of the virus.