Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Easter I didn’t deserve

We celebrated an incredibly beautiful Easter Sunday.  It began with a beautiful and joyful Mass and continued on to a family gathering at Sis’ house where we had great food and even better company.  And, to top it off, the weather was absolutely perfect, sunny and seventy degrees.

It was so much better than what I thought I deserved.  I didn’t have a good Lent.  I didn’t give up TV or sweets or beer.  I didn’t say extra prayers or do Holy Hours.  I didn’t attend Stations of the Cross or a Triduum service.  My preparation could not have been more lacking. 

Given the way this winter went, perhaps my Lent sacrifices were taken from or imposed on me.  The weather halted a lot of plans – visiting with family and friends, seeing a much anticipated concert, taking a few local trips.  Unexpected family illnesses required time and effort to care and assist those who needed it.  Maybe those were the things that were requireded for a good Lent. 

Himself reminded me that I didn’t deserve the first Easter.  None of us did.  But our good Lord gave it to us anyways. 

For that I am thankful.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Alleluia! He is risen!

He is risen indeed!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekends with Chesterton: The Donkey

The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet. 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Funny Foto - #7

I saw this ad posted in our local paper and did a second take.

Just who is he finding a new home for???


Monday, April 7, 2014

Yes, Donna, there is a Spring

Really.  There is.  It's not make believe like Santa Claus.

We had to drive over five hundred miles in pouring rain to find it.  But, I think we would have driven twice that far just to feel some warmth and see green growth and pretty flowers.

After a March, no, after a winter, we would rather soon forget, a trip south to visit relatives was just what was needed. 

There was sunshine and flowering trees.  The tulips and daffodils were blooming.

Time spent on the porch chatting was just enough to suffer the first sunburn of the season.

And it was good.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Photo - April

Finally no snow, almost.  There's just some remnants from Saturday's rain/sleet/ice/snow storm in a shady spot.  But we won't talk about that.  The sun is shining, it's warm, and it's not March.  'Nuf said!