Category Archives: Color Commentary

Mug Shot Winner Announced!

Ever since we announced our Mug Shot contest, we have been inundated with photos of Lent Madness fans and their mugs. While we usually put things to a vote around here, the Supreme Executive Committee is pulling rank and simply pronouncing a winner. Supremity does have its privileges after all. But before we announce the […]

Lent Madness meets March Madness

Apparently there’s some other bracket-style tournament that takes place this month. Who knew? And while the Lent Madness Legal Team considers its options, we thought we’d do a quick bracket analysis of the teams in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. Where are the saints? Have they ever appeared in Lent Madness? Do people get upset […]

Super Tuesday meets Lent Madness

After what has felt like an interminable lead-up, it’s finally Super Tuesday. People in 13 states across America will be voting in presidential primaries today. To which the Supreme Executive Committee says, “Whatever. The Lent Madness faithful has been voting every day since Ash Thursday.” What you won’t find in Lent Madness are any hanging […]

Post a Mug Shot, Win a Saint!

How would you like to own a real, live (well, cardboard) saint? The Supreme Executive Committee is holding a contest to give away 2015 Golden Halo winner Francis of Assisi. Think about it. How awesome would your life be if Saint Francis joined you at the breakfast table every morning? Or appeared in next year’s Christmas […]

Surviving Lent Madness Withdrawal (LMW)

By now you’ve probably gone to the Lent Madness website looking to read about a couple of saints, maybe make a comment or two, and then vote. Or you’ve wondered why you haven’t received the morning e-mail that’s become as much a part of your daily routine as drinking that first cup of coffee or […]

The Ten Commandments of Lent Madness

Lent Madness 2016 is off to a roaring start. We had huge voter turnout on opening day, with a record number of votes cast in the Matronly Meltdown®. As this post is published, the comments section is filling up with a vigorous discussion on the Slavic Smackdown®. If you haven’t cast your vote yet for […]

Happy Lent Madness Eve!

Now that the sun has set on the Supreme Executive Committee, Ash Wednesday is morphing into Lent Madness Eve. We had our serious moment of Ash Wednesday piety, and we’re ready to sound the fanfare on tomorrow’s opening match-up, unofficially known as the Matronly Meltdown®. Helena and Monnica step into the Lent Dome and begin […]

Now is the Time: An Invitation to a Holy Lent

Dear friends in Christ, Every year, even Lent Madness pauses on this one day. On Ash Wednesday, we set aside our silliness as we are reminded of our mortality and our need of salvation. This year, more than ever, our world needs Lent and its invitation to return to Jesus Christ. We live in a […]

Mardi Madness!

This last day before the start of Lent has many names: Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. But the concept remains the same. Today is the feast before the famine, the celebration before the wilderness. Around here, though, we take a slightly different approach to the day. Today at Lent Madness we celebrate Mardi Madness! This is […]

Lent Madness Voting 101

Around this time of year, the Supreme Executive Inbox begins to fill up with some version of “How do I play Lent Madness?” While we like to be helpful and are happy to take your calls at 3:00 am,  you should know that there are several guidelines to follow. 1) You cannot vote by mailing […]