But say a prayer Pray for the other ones At Eastertime it's hard But when you're having fun There's a world outside your window And it's a world of secularism Where the only water flowing Is under the Zamboni resurfacer
On a very positive note, the company my husband works for gives the employees the day off on Good Friday. It is very nice that we can spend this time together and make it to Good Friday services instead of trying to find a time where we can meet or my schlepping the kids by myself.
But, it appears that our local CINO university doesn't quite get the meaning of HOLY WEEK. Maybe I shouldn't paint the entire university with such a broad brush, since most of the campus has the week off, but my husband has a class on the evening of Holy Thursday. He's not supposed to, but the prof has scheduled the classes when they are convenient for him instead of adhering to the overall plan that this is a vacation week -- since it's Easter.
Then, there is hockey. My nephews play hockey. They are either practicing or playing all the time. Even on holidays. Often on Sundays. Surprisingly, they don't have a game on Easter...but my brother-in-law, who plays on a men's team, DOES have a game. On Easter. Who schedules a hockey game on Easter?
I don't know the scoop this year, but last year my sister-in-law and her husband couldn't make Easter dinner because they had to work. They sell hot tubs. Must be folks need a good bath after all that Lenten penance. This year, they just plain aren't coming to dinner.
I guess if you miss Easter dinner because of all your other commitments, you can always head to the local fast food joint for a burger and fries. They'll be open.
"Even suffering is part of the truth of our life. Thus, trying to shield the youngest from every difficulty and experience of suffering, we risk creating, despite our good intentions, fragile persons of little generosity: The capacity to love, in fact, corresponds to the capacity to suffer, and to suffer together." ~Benedict XVI
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Fides et Ratio Encyclical
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.
Thank you everyone that voted for the Kneeler at the Cannonball awards!!
Words of Father Corapi, for all my politician friends and relatives and those who vote for them
"Catholic office holders, whether presidents, senators, congress men or women, or judges at any level must adhere to Catholic teaching or run the risk of separating themselves from the Body of Christ. In such egregious and chronic cases of gross moral evil such as instituting and perpetuating abortion and the structures of sin that surround it, it is quite probable that such Catholic officials are excommunicated in virtue of the acts themselves. A latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication is likely triggered when they vote for laws, funding, and structures that enable and perpetuate such obvious and egregious evil (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1364,1398; Canon 1329, par. #2). They are in turn forbidden from approaching the sacraments as the result (Cf. Catechism of Catholic Church #1463)."
"It is not morally possible for any Catholic to support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning, or same-sex marriage. There are no ways around this, no justifications whatever. Why? For the simple reason that the Church holds these things to be intrinsically evil. They are evil in themselves, and no circumstances or subjective conditions can ever change that."