Michael Voris and Fr. Z are hosting a lenten retreat on a cruise ship.
As usual, I am of two minds. On the one hand, Lent is a time of fasting and penance. A luxury cruise would seem, at first blush- or second, or third- not to fit with that pattern. More than this, Lent is a time above all others when we should strive to avoid the near occasion of sin. Cruise ships, from what I have heard, are dedicated to providing a near occasion for sin. Maintaining custody of the eyes, for example, may be an issue. To quote Thomas More from a Man for All Seasons: "A man should go where he will not be tempted."
On the other hand, to turn what is usually a hedonistic holiday into a religious experience, at least for some, will be a wonderful achievement. In addition, by taking up some room on the cruise, they may be lessening the occasion of sin for others, and may even prevent at least a few people with impure intentions from exercising those intentions, for a time at least.
Despite disagreements with both men in the past, I wish Fr.Z. and Voris well, and will pray that their effort bears fruit, and does not blow up in their faces- which honestly is a very real possibility. But, on the whole, even if I had the means, I would stay home, or attend a more traditional retreat.