The Supreme Executive Committee was poring over the Supreme Pontiff's latest missive, Evangelii Gaudium. We Supremes like to keep an eye on what the others are doing. For example, we are considering adopting purple robes along the lines of those worn by the Supreme Court.
Anyway, our eyes perked right up when we realized that Pope Francis had endorsed Lent Madness. From paragraph 6, "There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter." He goes on to say, "I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved."
So even amidst Lent, we are to experience joy. That is surely a solid, if tacit, endorsement of Lent Madness. We could not agree more, because that's exactly why the SEC promotes levity alongside penitence. Life is too short to deny joy, even for a moment, let alone forty days and forty nights.
We're glad to accept the Pope's endorsement, and the SEC would be happy to concelebrate a festive mass at St. Peter's on any day of the Holy Father's choosing during Lent 2014. While we're in Rome (we'll be happy to stay in the Apostolic Apartments, since we hear they're vacant), we'll console Pope Francis on his namesake's loss in the Faithful Four of Lent Madness 2010.
Keep doing a good job, Your Holiness, and you might make it into the bracket one day in the life to come -- or perhaps, in this life, onto the SEC as an Honorary Supreme. But probably not.