Now that Lent Madness 2010 is in the books, I suddenly find myself with more time on my hands. That’s a good thing since it appears to be Monday in Holy Week. I’ll be spending my “day off” writing sermons and proofing bulletins. I’m not complaining — that’s how I always spend Monday of Holy Week. And there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than taking this journey from the Cross to the Resurrection with a vibrant community of faith. Of course, I got the requisite Holy Week funeral phone call yesterday — adding that to the mix for Wednesday.
While I didn’t cast a single vote during Lent Madness, I admit that one was cast from the Schenck household. Our son Ben (who is actually a Benedict — named prior to the current pope!) did cast a vote for his namesake. To his chagrin, Benedict lost to runner-up Julian of Norwich in the Round of the Elate Eight.
I admit I was slightly blown away by the interest in Lent Madness. It started on a whim and then I was suddenly knee deep saintly battles. My intention was to help people learn a bit about the saints — some well-known, some obscure — and to have some fun during Lent. Yes, we’re allowed to have fun during Lent. Especially when it’s coupled with learning.
So, if you’ll indulge me in one final vote, we’ll collectively determine whether we should do this again next year or let Lent Madness die on the vine. Any suggestions for improvements (if we decide to try it again with a new crop of saints) are welcome. Please leave comments.