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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter, dear friends!

This morning I woke up feeling very refreshed (which, to be honest, was in itself kind of odd b/c I went to sunrise Mass @ 6:45am!). But it's true! I felt again. And that is what the Easter season brings - new beginnings and rebirths of all sorts.

"He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds." PSALM 147:3

While I was waiting for mass to begin, I read the weekly bulletin given to parishioners. Father always has a little something to say...and his Easter tribute seemed so fitting. Below is part of it:

"The tradition of the Easter egg comes from the Near East. The ancient Egyptians and the Persians exchanged decorated eggs at the spring equinox, which was the beginning of their new year. These eggs were symbols of fertility, because the coming forth of a live creature from an egg was so surprising to the people of ancient times....Rabbits were part of pre-Christian fertility symbolism because of their reputation to reproduce rapidly."

Hmm....Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny are both symbols of fertility?!?! Who knew? Sorry to cut this short - we're going to dye eggs tonight and even though the Captain doesn't know it yet -he's puttin' on some bunny ears!