Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter reflections...




I've been quiet for so long, I think it's time to talk.
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Easter's a big let down, isn't it.  Not a question BTW.  I always thought Easter was rather protestant - isn't that odd?  I think it's because it's all about the clothes - and some of the hymns too.  I really do.  I was in Our Lady's chapel before Mass and I could hear the women as they came in squealing over each other's outfits.  The male ushers were throwing compliments around as if they were trying to pick up chicks.  One guy boasted that his new suit went perfectly with his shiny new car.  Nothing wrong with that - it's people stuff and it is just fine - so I'm not complaining.  Just talking.
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Spiritually bi-polar.
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Actually, Easter itself isn't the let down - maybe it's just the observance or the expectation which makes it seem so spiritually bi-polar.  If you follow Holy Week intensely, especially Good Friday and Holy Saturday - it can get pretty heavy.  Then when Easter Sunday suddenly bursts upon you, you are supposed to be all joyful and triumphant - even though you are still trying to get over Good Friday.  See what I mean?  Crying your eyes out one day and jumping up and down the next - yes - they do that in the Middle east - they go nuts.  I think I've learned to handle it however.  I remind myself we just commemorate Christ's passion - even though he's alive and well in heaven.  Then on Easter I tell myself he was risen all along and we just commemorate the resurrection on Easter.  Otherwise it's just too nuts.  The Russians know this because their Easter greeting, 'Christos voskres!' sounds like 'Christ was crazy!'  Kind of.  It doesn't mean that of course.
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Pewsitters.
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As usual, Church was so crowded and I think that is just wonderful.  I was actually delighted to have kids crawling over me all through Mass - they were so cute.  Nope.  I'm not being sarcastic either.  I loved it.  I don't have kids and never wanted any - but I enjoy watching them play and crawl around the pews. 
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I had a new appreciation for those people who save up all their devotion for Ash Wednesday, Easter and Christmas - I think it is a wonderful thing, what they do.  Even though they do not go to Mass at other times during the year, I figured, at least they must be thinking about it, otherwise they probably wouldn't make it on the days they think are important.  I was able to sit in between two devout families and in front of me was another couple who seemed to be Easter Catholics - I assumed they were with their adult children and grandchildren.  I like seeing that - or being with them, you might say.  It reminds me of how important it is to be kind and welcoming to others who may not be regular church goers.  Not to judge or snub or glad-hand them either.  Some people just don't like churchy behavior.  I know!
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Chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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After Mass I stopped at Walgreen's to see what Easter candy they had left, but my favorites were all sold out.  On my way home I noted that the grocery stores were closed and I felt kind of sad for Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus (Minneapolis has tons of them) - what are they supposed to do today?  As soon as I got home, I checked the big bowl of fresh fruit I put out for the rabbit, looks as if she ate most of it, with the help of squirrel family of course.  Then I ate some chocolate. 
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Oh - I forgot to mention I wore jeans to Mass, and no one gave me dirty looks.  Maybe I make too much of what I wear?  Could be.

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Happy Easter once again - thanks for your cards, I appreciate them, even though I forget to send them myself.  Praying for you and with you in the novena to the Divine Mercy.
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Art:  EsterHazy, Michael Sowa

9 comments:

  1. Happy and Blessed Easter to you, Terry. You're so bad - even though you were quiet ( I, too, was trying to be quiet) you did your usual "what?" pot-stirring. Candy the dancing Bichon ( notice how she even had the "hand" motions down-pat?) I came back from the Vigil Mass last night and saw that I nearly died laughing. You have a wonderful mind, and a beautiful heart. Thanks for sharing both with us.
    Joyce

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  2. Due to our schedules this year we were unable to attend any Holy Week observances. It was ok.

    Thank you for feeding the bunnies...

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  3. Anonymous5:08 PM

    I had a completely different experience. I could only go to good Friday service and it was in the EF--wow! I cried. I couldn't go to Holy Thursday or Easter Vigil. My husband went to the Vigil close to our house because he was sponsoring a candidate. He said that when they did the Litany of Saints, they started naming the candidates, calling them "saint Allen, pray for us." (That's why we drive a ways sometimes to go to somewhere where the rubrics are followed. We went this morning to Easter low Mass in the EF and I cried and cried. There were no newcomers and the pews weren't completely full as most had assisted the night before, but I was awed anyway. I don't remember anyone talking about their clothes before or after Mass. Maybe I wasn't paying attention! Afterwards, we visited my mom at her house and the kids got Easter baskets and we ate a nice dinner. It was a tough lent for us, but a beautiful Easter--and it has rained all day, too!

    Suzanne

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  4. Suzanne - beautiful - God bless!

    Adrienne - thanks for that...

    Little Way - I'm glad I can make you smile.

    Happy Easter!

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  5. Happy Easter Terry! Love the pictures! And I like watching the little kids at Mass too :)

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  6. God love ya for your honest reflections, you always crack me up! Did you do the painting at the top? Looks like your work. The shadows and light are especially nice.

    A blessed Easter season to you! I'm going to try to remember to pray teh Regina Caeli at meals.

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  7. Aw, nuts! I forgot to do the novena on Saturday. Guess the souls of the priests and religious are out of luck.
    I went to a favorite church, not my parish, where an adorable little old priest gave the homily built around the words, "Don't be afraid!" Then I went to see an exhibit on Cyprus. No big Easter dinner, just cheese and wine, and chocolates from Ireland a coworker gave me.

    Happy Easter, Terry.

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  8. Eve - you can start the novena late.

    I finally saw The King's Speech today. Magnificent film!

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  9. For me I noticed the difference between the Vigil--late at night, quiet, somber, church about a third full, people stayed in their pews, though Easter arrived all were weary from the Journey. 11:30 am Mass--loud, boisterous, church packed, people continually coming and going as if they could not stay seated for more than ten-fifteen minutes--probably kids pumped up with easter candy--, very difficult to concentrate on the Mass....and the child with the squeeky toy really got on my nerves....she was lucky she wasn't sitting next to me.

    And I am bummed as I learne dlast night that one of the men who assisted me in my RCIA journey a few years back passed away a few weeks ago...although he attended a different Mass than I when he did see me at parish functions he was always cheerful, greating me with a big smile and big hug...he was a fellow engineer...RIP Big Al.

    Happy Easter to all.... Sara

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