I think most of us think of today as one last fling with our favorite foods that we will “give up” during Lent. But a little research showed the meaning behind these names for today. The name “Shrove” shows its religious origins. Shrove is the past tense of the English verb “Shrive,” which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and by doing penance. In other words, today’s our chance to begin the holy season of Lent with a clean slate. I also learned the practical reason for eating pancakes, malasadas, doughnuts, and other delicious foods on this day.
In a way, today is a way to do some early spring cleaning for our souls and our kitchens. By making the time to go to Confession we start this holy season with a clean slate, unimpaired by the times we broke the way of life, the commandments, that God has given to us.
How are you preparing?
I invite you to share this message with your family in preparing for the Lenten Season.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!