I’ll never claim to be devoutly religious, but there are things about Catholicism that ring true for me. Over the years I’ve learned to absorb the lessons of my religion in which I find meaning and reject the tenets which I find to be contrary and, while I don’t imagine myself to be a poster child for Catholicism, I do believe I represent some of the finer parts of the religion I was born into.
Easter, the most holy of holidays, has become one of my favorite Sundays. I think my fondness for the day has evolved over the years as I’ve celebrated the day with family, both in Ireland and in Germany. Witnessing the traditions of my religion, in the countries where my family continues to live, provided me with a perspective I may not have had otherwise. It’s taught me a few things, too.
- Making the effort to put on your good clothes is an exercise in both pride and respect.
- Believing in miracles can lift the heart and move boulders.
- There is a season for rebirth and it comes every year. Honor it.
- Looking for sweetness is an effort that can really pay off.
- Attending a mass being conducted in a language that is not your own causes one to hear with one’s heart, rather than one’s ears. You don’t really have to leave the country to do that.
- Flowers provide the most simple of joys.
- We each have the ability to rise. Believe it.
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