For God So Loved The World…

As we head into the Sacred Tridium tomorrow, I want to encourage you to take some time (even just a few minutes) to reflect on God’s love for you.

For God So Loved the World

It is a powerful thing to realize the deep love that God has for us – for you – and not just in your head but with your heart. GOD LOVES YOU with an infinite love. A love that surpasses all understanding. Jesus suffered horribly and died on the cross for YOU. He wanted so much for you to be with Him, in the Blessed Trinity, for all eternity, that He was willing to do anything to make that happen.

And guess what? It doesn’t stop at the Crucifixion. Jesus rose and has forever conquered death and hell! He did all this for YOU. He wants YOU to have an abundant life! He doesn’t promise that it will always be easy but He will always be with YOU.

May you and your family have a truly grace-filled and blessed Sacred Tridium and Easter!

10 Things to Love About Spring

Here in NJ, it feels more like Fall than Spring. In fact, it seems as if we are having a colder Spring than we did during winter! Still, Spring is here and I love it! I may have a new appreciation for Autumn, but spring is still my favorite season of the year. Just for fun, I am reposting my reasons why:

10 Things to Love about Spring

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1. The weather. I realize that we in NJ had a very mild winter this year, and it is cold right now, but that isn’t going to stop me from enjoying the warmer, lovely spring weather. 🙂 As cold as it, we have had some glorious days to remind us that warmer days are on their way.

2. The sandals. Finally we can free our toes from the clunky, closed in shoes and sneakers worn all winter! I have a couple of pairs of really comfortable sandals and flip-flops I can’t wait to get on my feet.

3. The longer days. Once we get over the jet lag of losing an hour, isn’t having the extra light in the evenings wonderful? I admit, it’s harder to get Andrew down to sleep on school nights, especially now that he is eleven. Who wants to go to bed when it is still light out? Not me!

4. The flowers. I love all the flower gardens that will be popping up around the neighborhood soon. Some people do a fantastic job creating elaborate flower gardens. In the apartment building I live now, there are some creative tenants who do a great job decorating their patio/balcony.

5. The planting. Speaking of gardens, another thing I love about spring is planting tomatoes, basil and other herbs. Granted, I can’t do much where I live; however, I am hoping to do some pot gardening this year.

6. The smells and sounds. I absolutely love the smell of freshly cut grass (sorry to all those with allergies)! My apartment complex has landscapers come once a week to cut the grass and I love it. Also, soon people will be using their grill, and the smell of barbecue will be in the air. Finally, the salty smell of the ocean will become more prominent and the other spring smells are so wonderful. 🙂 Additionally, now that spring is here, more people will be getting outdoors and we will start hearing more sounds of the laughing children, people having a good time, etc. There’s nothing like it!

7. The Easter Triduum. Easter came early this year (March 2016) but it still was after the official start of Spring! We know that the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Saturday evening Easter Vigil) is the most Sacred days of the liturgical calendar. I love participating in these liturgies, and my favorite is the Easter Vigil. I love the Exsultet, especially when it is sung!

8. The fruits. Yes, I know we can get many fruits year-round, but let’s be honest, they aren’t the best tasting. Have you ever had a strawberry right off the vine? Scrumptious! Spring is also the season for apricots, cherries, and rhubarb. Yum.

9. The veggies. Spring is the season of one of my favorite veggies, asparagus. I also love artichokes, beets, radishes and fresh peas, all of which are in season during the spring.

10. The hats. Call me old-fashioned, but I miss the days of Easter bonnets. I love hats and wear different hats all year-long. The light, colorful floppy hats that start coming out in spring are so much fun to wear! 🙂 And they are practical, too. Those floppy hats and visors keep the sun off the face to prevent burns and skin cancer.

Now it is your turn. What are your favorite things about spring? Do share!

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Wishing You a Blessed Tridium and Easter!

Risen Christ

I’ll be taking a blogging break so I can fully participate in the Holy Tridium and enjoy our Easter (spring) break. I’ll get back into normal posting either next Thursday or the following Monday.

I pray that you enter fully into the Holy Tridium and have a truly Blessed and Holy Easter Season!

God bless!