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Easter 2018, II…

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This is no less sincere for being late,  but I didn’t want to rush this.   Please start with  links from  National Review,  then enjoy Pres. Trump’s  Easter message,  a far cry from any of Obama’s. Christians began with  the observance  of Good Friday,  the religious significance of  which apparently escaped  NBC’s Chuck  Todd.   He most certainly fails to comprehend what  “taking up the cross’  means,  and I wonder if he has ever contemplated the meaning of the  empty tomb.   For the first time in nearly a century,  Irish pubs  were able to open on Good Friday.

Pope Francis remembered his job in time to  celebrate mass  in St Peter’s Square,  which is an impressive and moving event even if you are not Catholic.   France is not nearly as Christian as it once was,  but the French police officer who took the place of the hostage last week,  and ultimately lost his life,  was  a believer.   His killer was of Moroccan descent and an Islamist.

There are  many reasons  to celebrate Easter and what it means.  Some Christians are content  to celebrate  without debating the reasoning behind it.   That’s fine  — if you live your life well,  mindful of Christian tenets,  you are doing well.   You are not required to go  this far  to prove that you believe.  If you are falling a bit short in the niceness department,  you can be pleased that the  Obamas no  longer occupy the White House,  or have as large a platform to amplify their anti-Christian views into actions.   Two words  will be enough for  all of  us.

Of course there is always an environmental skunk in the woodpile.  In this case it’s the University of Manchester in England warning us that foil-wrapped  Easter candies  ( nearly always chocolate and generally quite tasty) are bad for the environment.  An old Scotsman clearly doesn’t worry about the potential environmental disasters from the  106 year  old eggs  his family has.   I’d rather try the  newest candy  offerings.

First Lady Melania Trump  solicited eggs  from high school students in all 50 states instead of using professional designers from the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll,  at which some  30,000 guests  are expected.  The other skunk showed up in the form of CNN reporter Jim Acosta,  shouting questions  at Pres. Trump.

No one I know did this,  but I can understand why some parents couldn’t resist the fact that April Fool and Easter were on the  same day  this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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April 5, 2018 at 2:13 pm

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Easter 2018…

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I’ll be out of touch for a bit, but when I return, I’ll add more of the Easter items I gathered for you.  Meanwhile,  drive yourself crazy by trying to find the Easter bunny hidden in  this puzzle.

 

 

 

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April 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm

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Cadbury Easter…

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After getting whacked last year,  British chocolatier Cadbury  is back  to its century-old tradition of using “Easter” in its advertising.  I’m happy to see this reversion to tradition,  and a stand against the anti-Christian barkers.  I’m also pleased because Cadbury makes delicious chocolate which I can now resume enjoying!

 

 

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March 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm

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Easter 2017…

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MSM was desperate  to declare  the White House Easter Egg Roll a failure because it’s Trump.   It seems to have gone  just fine,  if you’re interested, but you undoubtedly headr more abut the egg roll than anything to do with the reason for Easter.   Some of us let go of the Easter bunny tradition with  age,  some with great reluctance,  and some with utter confusion.

Some of us reflected on the  historical significance  of Christianity.   Most of us  celebrated the  day around the world,  many by  attending church services,  as we find ourselves the  most persecuted  religious group on the planet,  a position long held by the Jews.   A few of us managed  even in  the Middle East,  but you have to ask yourself if Christianity will survive in  its birthplace.   Explaining Easter to those without any understanding of Christianity or Western culture can  be tricky,  but rewarding.

By the way, the Shroud of Turin  was authenticated  for the second time last year,  using far stricter scientific methods than have ever been applied to climate change or cholesterol studies.

If you’re not still comatose from too much delicious dinner try finding the egg hidden amongst the floral bouquets  here.

 

 

 

 

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April 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

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Cadbury causes Easter outrage…

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How  could Cadbury  drop “Easter” from its traditional “Easter Egg Hunt”?

 

 

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April 17, 2017 at 12:09 am

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More Easter 2016

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Holy Week 2016 was  quite a  week,  and not in the best sense,  I’m afraid.  The Easter message from Pope Francis didn’t  offer much  hope from my point of view,  but perhaps others found it comforting.   The  “weapons  of love”  the pope mentioned are of limited value against firearms,  and none at all against the bombs set off by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar at an amusement park in Pakistan,  killing 29,  mostly women and children,  and injuring hundreds more.

A group of very  bad parents  in Connecticut didn’t manage to kill anyone, but did leave one child bloodied.    The nation’s parents-in-chief held their final Easter  Egg Roll on the White House lawn.   As always,  the event was about the Obamas.   What a surprise.

Mother Angelica,  founder of the EWTN network,  died at the ripe old age of 92 on Sunday.   I wasn’t a devotee of the network myself,  but if you aren’t familiar with this  Franciscan nun’s  back story,  you  should learn about her.   It just might give you what His Holiness failed to.

It was a good time to  reflect on  good and evil,  and to take David French’s advice to  find courage  in Easter.  Considering the times,  it’s not startling that more Americans  are rediscovering  their faith.   Let’s end on a lighter note with some favorite  dioramas of  Peeps,  the Easter candy everyone loves to mock.

 

 

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March 28, 2016 at 11:52 pm

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Easter 2016…

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I did not personally know any of the celebrities whose deaths I’ve noted recently,  but I do know the One who died for all of us.   We Southerners tend to be more  religious than  other sections of the country.   The most avid golfers I know don’t hit the links on Easter weekend,  unlike Pres. Obama,  who finds Christians misguided at best.

Christians display  great tolerance  of other faiths,  as I believe they should,   despite being  under siege  from both secular tyranny and radical Islam.   Individually I am in more danger from the former than the latter, as are most Americans,  and that is one reason for this blog.   I am able to defend myself against jihadists because I am fortunate enough to dwell in a state which believes the Second Amendment actually means what it says,  and that I should protect myself if I am capable of doing so.   My home is a harder target than many places because I choose to be alert to danger and arm myself against it.   Anyone who tries to persuade you that gun control is a public safety issue is a bald-faced liar.   A government intent on disarming its citizens is a government intent on doing something to which the only proper response is armed resistance.   Contrary to liberal/progressive claims,  the Bible does not prohibit justified killing,   only murder.

Judge Andrew Napolitano  ties together  freedom and resurrection.   Jesus   died to  conquer mankind’s sins,  as act of courage and selflessness unequaled by any other in history,  but in rising from the dead he conquered death.   Islam demands that you die for Allah when directed,   and that non-believers be  struck down  for their non-belief,  quite a different approach to life and the hereafter.   Islam is not a religion of peace,  but of submission.

Secularization has not yet succeeded in  wiping out  all reference to artistic representations regarding the most monumental  supernatural event,  but the algorithms for the internet’s search engines tend to be totally ignorant about its existence.

Mass marketing has also hit the candy market,  with the word  “Easter” disappearing  from many brands in the UK.   Even the venerable Cadbury has succumbed,  to my intense disappointment,  though its American products have thus far staved off the change.   Whole Foods no longer offers rabbit  in its vast array of butchered meat,  bullied by protesters accusing it of killing the Easter Bunny,  though I strongly suspect they were militant vegans who want everyone to be as miserable when eating as most of them are.   I don’t begrudge others their choice of foods,  but I object strenuously to their attempts to limit my choice of comestibles.

Whatever your beliefs,  or lack thereof,  you’ll be entertained by Debby Witt’s  collection of  Easter tidbits.   I hope that you will enjoy a delicious celebration of good food in the fine company of family and friends,  and that at some point you will pause to reflect on the meaning of this day and the everlasting value of the greatest gift any of us will ever know.

 

 

 

 

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March 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm

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