On This Holy Week

A Sweet Lady Departs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:50 pm Mary Constance Commagere Roth passed away after a short illness. Her legacy was to bring Maridel, David, Jack and Martha into the world and to be the nurturing influence that made them marvelous people and wonderful parents. One couldn’t ask for more. May her soul rest in peace. She will be missed.

This Easter Sunday I’ll stuff plastic eggs with cash and strew them about the back yard again. Connie’s mother started this tradition over fifty years ago. A third generation will be out on the lawn for the hunt this year.

Did I know that the Easter bunny and egg hunts are not some random marketing idea invented by Cadbury Chocolates? I did not. Maybe you knew that the Roman Christians attending the Council of Nicaea in 325 decided to hold Easter, the feast of the Resurrection, on the same date as the feast of fertility to make it easier to attract the celebrating pagans. Hence, bunny rabbits and eggs to signify fertility and new life.

Considering the Soul

Joseph Joubert wrote:

Soul.–It is a lit vapor that burns without consuming itself.
Our body is its lantern.

The flame of this vapor is not only light but feeling.

I think the soul is that ineffable aspect of humanity that offers the most promise for intuitively guiding me to a better life. Love-thinking about and caring about others more than I think about and care about myself nurtures this soul. I’m reminded that the way to do this is to be kind.

The Dalai Lama said:

Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.

Happy Easter! I send my love to my friends and family,

Rod

 

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