Saturday, April 23, 2011

easter thoughts

Auntie Dee and Snowball circa 1949
Burlington, Indiana

I'm not sure what the theme of my homily today ought to be. 

Do I want to speak of the miracle 
of our Lord's divine transformation? 
Not really, no. 
I don't want to talk about his divinity.

I'd rather talk about his humanity. 
I mean, you know, how he lived his life, 
here on earth, his kindness, his tolerance. 

Listen, here's what I think. 
I think we can't go around measuring our goodness 
by what we don't do, by what we deny ourselves, 
what we resist, and who we exclude. 

I think we've got to measure goodness 
by what we embrace, what we create 
and who we include.


 Père Henri, Chocolat
                                            

                            
Happy Easter, my friends.


59 comments:

  1. Lovely little woodcut.

    Happy Easter. Bisou, Cro.

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  2. Well said. Yes. Thanks for this, Tess.

    LOVE the bunny pic.

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  3. Good thought! And nice woodcut! Thanks for the post, and I hope you find the most. At least one perfectly colored, in your favorite color, egg. And each day will be your new beginning, always spring.

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  4. lovely tess!! embrace, create and include!! it leads to love which is what this is all about. it's really all there is . . . .. sweet easter! steven

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  5. Willow,
    Set the example; always been the best policy.
    Happy Easter Willow.
    rel

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  6. A wonderful thought and Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  7. What a beautiful post on Easter. Thank you, Tess!

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  8. May Peace and Love be with you!

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  9. Tess -- I believe that there is goodness in each of us. I have witnessed it in my many years of living. Everyday of the year one can find it around the bend.

    Love woodcuts. May I suggest two books that incorporate woodcuts. Payne Hollow: Life On the Fringe of Society and Woodcuts of Harlan Hubbard -- both by Harlan Hubbard, a now deceased American writer and artist. -- barbara

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  10. perfectly said! Have a wonderful blessed easter my friend :)

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  11. "I think we've got to measure goodness
    by what we embrace, what we create
    and who we include."

    amen.

    Happy Easter, Friend!

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  12. The woodcut is nice. The little girl is sooo cute holding that big rabbit and couldn't agree with the quote more!

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  13. Barbara, I am nutty about woodcuts and have been toying with the idea of starting with a linoleum print and see where it might lead. Thanks so much for the recommendations. I'm off for a look...

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  14. Perfectly done. Happy Easter to you, too.

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  15. I like that very much...well said. Good advice.

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  16. Lovely photo of your Aunt Dee.

    Happy Easter.

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  17. I love this, Tess. Love is about embracing, including, and caring with wisdom and openness to what's possible. Thanks!

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  18. She's a doll! Thanks for the quote too. It is encouraging. Happy Easter!

    Kathy M.

    PS - If you tried to link to my post yesterday and it just led you back to the SS page; please try again under Kathy Matthews FOR REAL! Sorry for the hassle.

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  19. I absolutely agree with your so well expressed sentiments. One of my favorite quotes is, 'You know you've created God in your own image when he hates the same people you do.' -Anne Lamott

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  20. As a pagan chick (ha) I appreciate the original meaning of Eostre much more than the religious overlay it later received. We can thank the old ways for most of the celebratory images associated with Easter... the eggs, the bunnies, etc.

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  21. Love this - recalling the Easter scenes from Chocolat - such a fabulous movie!

    No chocolat or even chocolate for moi this Easter - doing Atkins!!! Off home to England in less than 2 weeks. Want to indulge in childhood goodies during my visit so have to make space around the ever widening waistline, lol!

    Meanwhile, Easter blessings to you and yours dear - may this weekend be special.

    Hugs -Mary

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  22. This is a glorious and beautiful tribute to Easter Tess. You not only have a beautiful talent, but you have a beautiful heart! :-)

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  23. And Happy Easter to you. That was just lovely.

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  24. love is inclusive...wishing the manor a happy easter...

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  25. Did you get the news? He has risen,
    and I am not sure he is happy with
    the state of the world.

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  26. Love this! I wrote a poem back in my more conservative youth talking about how I would be judged for what I didn't do - but I meant it the way it's said in this poem: if I don't embrace, create & include then I'm not following the WWJD creed.

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  27. Dee and the bunny are adorable! She is a sweetie for sure : )
    Your poem really resonated with me today. Unfortunetly, some have forgotten or twisted the teachings of not excluding in religion. Usually they are the ones who proclaim to follow.

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  28. Beautiful thoughts, yes. May we all seek to embrace, create, and include, and may our example be an inspiration rather than a stumbling block. Happy Easter, Tess!

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  29. Love this woodcut! And...love your thoughts on Easter.

    As for this Catholic Girl who DID give up chocolate for Lent....ah, I am so ready to start nibbling at 12:01 a.m. tonight! (If I am still up....)

    Hugs,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  30. Beautiful Tess! Happy Easter to you.

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  31. Auntie Dee and Snowball are adorable.

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  32. Wishing you some tasty chocolate - I love the photo of Auntie Dee but Snowball was enormous, or Dee was very small! Happy Easter :-) Jo

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  33. Lovely poem, pic & Easter message. Happy egg day, Willow!

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  34. I agree. Happy Easter, to you and yours, Tess!

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  35. Nice post, Tess...

    Instead of lino and such...
    you know those big white erasers?

    They work beautifully and don't need a handle.

    Just use one end, or the side for a stamp or "woodcut" and you might be an "artist" in rubber stamps.

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  36. Big white erasers? Really? Seems like they'd have to be pretty big. I'll check into it, Abe.

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  37. I love that photo! A brilliant Easter post of poem and rabbits!

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  38. Love, love, love the woodcut. Do you know who made it?

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  39. Teri, I had this woodcut in my art file, unidentified. Looked for the artist online, but unfortunately couldn't find them. I always like to post the artist, but in this case, I don't know.

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  40. Happy Easter. Love the block print of the Peter Rabbit. Cheers Lori

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  41. That is a super super Bun! Gorgeous bunny.

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  42. Amen to the message of Chocolat!

    Happy Easter, Tess.

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  43. No recollection of this at all from the movie. Adore the family photo and woodcut. Have a glorious day. We had snow here y'day!!!!

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  44. Yes, yes, yes! Make copies and nail them to the door of every church, especially on this Easter Sunday when people are looking for the true meaning of the message.

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  45. I especially like the line,"measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create
    and who we include." And a lovely bunny photo. Happy Easter Way and day

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  46. Suki, Easter snow? I don't believe it. Dark, luscious rain today.

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  47. Thank you for all the lovely Easter wishes. Love to you and yours, dear friends. Sunshine and chocolate! xx

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  48. One of my FAVORITE films and quotes from it, too! Thanks for sharing this, Tess. Happy Season of Renewal to you!

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  49. And a happy Easter to you, my dear :)

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  50. Oh, i so love that. What a brilliant and very unique post for Easter whilst still remaining essentially Easter too.

    Ok, there's not much to this day, especially for you over tehre, but I did want to wish you, Wilow, a Happy Easter! I wonder if you got rain? Can imagine how cozy it must be tehre right now with the blossoms on full bloom.

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  51. And Happy Easter to you too, Tess.

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  52. lovely....the quote from chocolat makes me want to watch that charming little film again!

    thanks. great pic of snowball and auntie dee!

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  53. What a lovely page! I found it looking for the Père Henri quote. Auntie Dee is so happy holding Snowball; Snowball, not so much. ~lol. The rabbit woodcut is charming. Finding this page was like finding that perfectly colored egg. :)

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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)