Why hello there! Here’s your long overdue Easter edition of 3 Reasons I Love Catholicism. Without further ado, I present to you:
Lent is over. OVAH, I SAY!
Lent is very very difficult for me. Muy dificil. I do not like, it, no I do not. But since I complained about that in the 3 Reasons Lent Edition, I won’t expand upon it now. Except to say that it’s not really my thing. Like, not at all. Did I mention that already? Oh, alright fine.
I’ll leave the words to my main man, JPII, and the graphic design to my friend Iris @ A Country Girl’s Daybook.
Easter is 50 Days Long. Take that, Lent!
Okay, so yes. Lent is long and difficult. But Easter is not just a day to us kooky Catholics. It is a whole liturgical season, from Easter Sunday through the Ascension and on to Pentecost. That’s longer than Lent! And fun and joyful! It’s full of celebration and happiness and is a mini-celebration of what we have to look forward to in Heaven.
To everything there is a season, it says in Ecclesiastes. Penance and suffering had their season. Now it’s time to live that JPII quote above.
This year, for the first time since before Ezekiel was born, we got to visit my parents for Easter weekend. In case I haven’t mentioned it, my parents live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on the way to Yosemite. They live off a dirt road on 40 acres and it is just… bliss. Absolutely amazing to celebrate the Risen Christ in a place that is bursting with symbols of God’s creation everywhere. My kids are never happier than they are when they’re running wild and free at the ranch.
On Friday we hike the Stations of the Cross, on Saturday we dye eggs, and on Sunday we go to Mass and eat a fantastic meal. And a lot of candy. A lot of candy. Gosh I love traditions, don’t you?
Those are my 3 Reasons I Love Easter. If you’d like, feel free to leave your 3 Reasons in the comment boxes, or if you have a blog, link it up below. I love to hear from you, so don’t be shy.