Wednesday, April 02, 2014

NPR picks up on Lent Madness
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Yes, you heard right on your car this morning: NPR's Morning Edition has caught the madness. Lent Madness, that is.
Their website actually has the complete bracket!
From their story:
We're deep into Lent, the season when Christians prepare themselves for Easter. For those of you who have been preparing by giving up something — chocolate, or driving, or yelling at the kids — it can feel like a pretty long time.But, some folks are looking to reframe Lent, with a little madness....
Lent Madness pits saints against each other for the coveted Golden Halo. There is a website with weekly video updates and regular blog posts. Every day, thousands of people read about and vote for their favorite saints....
This discipline can help people live out their faith. As Lent Madness founder Tim Schenck says, by virtue of baptism, even flawed people are saints — and saints, when you learn about them, are flawed people.
"So often we stick saints in stained glass and we put them in statues, or trap them into oil paintings," Schenck says. "But these were real people with blood coursing through their veins. And so as people learn about these different saints, they are really drawing some inspiration from their lives."

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