I am Catholic, Gentle Reader, but what’s more I am New Orleans Catholic, which means something different, I think, than just “Catholic.” Given Mardi Gras is a Catholic Holiday, the day before Ash Wednesday, I think it goes to show how important Catholicism is to the city of New Orleans. I grew up Catholic; I went to CCD; I went to a Catholic high school.
But more than that, it is something I believe, even though I don’t seem to be actively religious. Rather, my Catholicism taught me to be spiritual, rather than religious (although it promotes both). My Catholicism is part of my life.
That being said, I don’t know what I’m giving up/going to do for Lent this year–I normally give up one thing and do another thing–and I accidentally ate meat today on Ash Wednesday. Already, I’m feeling like a Bad Catholic.