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Saturday, April 19, 2014

TOMORROW IS EASTER,IT IS A RELIGOUS HOLIDAY

EASTER IS A HOLIDAY IN WHICH THE CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE JESUS CHRISTS' RESURRECTION.(resurrection means life after death,to become back as you were)

HOW DID THE EASTER BUNNY COME ABOUT??

THE ORIGIN OF THE EASTER BUNNY CAN BE RELATED TO PAST LITERATURE AND CULTURE.IT TRACES BACK TO THE 13TH CENTURY,PRE-CHRISTIAN GERMANY,WHEN PEOPLE WORSHIPPED MANY gods AND goddesses.THE TEUTORIC DIETY EOSTRA WAS THE goddess OF SPRING AND FERTILITY.FEASTS WERE HELD IN HER HONOR.HER SYMBOL WAS THE RABBIT BECAUSEOF THE ANIMALS REPRODUCTION RATE.SPRING ALSO SYMBOLIZED NEW LIFE,REBIRTH.EGGS WERE ALSO A SYMBOL OF FERTILITY.IN THE 15TH CENTURY WHEN ROMAN CATHOLICISM BECAME THE DOMINANT RELIGION IN GERMANY THEY MERGED THE IDEA OF THE EASTER EGGS REPRESENTING JESUS RESURRECTION.WHICH HAD ALREADY BEEN INGRAINED BY PAGAN BELIEFS.THESE LEGENDS ABOUT THE EASTER BUNNY CAME TO THE USA IN THE 1700'S WHEN GERMAN IMMIGRANTS SETTLED IN DUTCH COUNTRY PA.

THANK YOU'S

THANK YOU MELODI FROM JACKSON FOR THE GAMES,TOYS,CHILDRENS CLOTHES AND CHILDRENS' BLANKETS.WE HAVE SOME CHILDREN FROM A POOR SECTION WHO HAD ASKED IF WE EVER GET ANY TOYS IF WE COULD BRING THEM SOME.SO THEY WILL BE SO EXCITED TO GET THEM.
THANK YOU JEN FROM BURLINGTON FOR THE TRUCK LOAD OF SMALL FURNITURE,HOUSEHOLD ITEMS,CHILDREN AND ADULT CLOTHES.ALOT OF THESE ITEMS WILL BE GIVEN TO SOME NEW WOMEN IN SHELTER SITUATIONS WHO LEFT ABUSIVE SITUATIONS.
THANK YOU DEBBIE(OUR FAITHFUL VOLUNTEER)FROM TOMS RIVER FOR THE SPRING CHILDRENS' CLOTHES.
THANK YOU TO CHRISTINE OUR NEIGHBOR FOR SOME SHEETS AND A BLANKET
THANK YOU TO JIM OUR NEIGHBOR FOR SOME MENS SHOES IN GREAT CONDITION AND SOME MENS' CLOTHES

TODAY's ENCOUNTER WITH A TROUBLED WOMAN

As I waited in CVS for my prescription this morning. I saw a woman crying. I approached the elderly woman and asked" why is it you are crying? Are you ok? Her response(my grandson has been arrested for physically abusing his mother my daughter, I just don't understand how a gentle child has grown up to be like this)I told her "the devil walks among us in all forms and often leads the weak to his way of thinking, I continued to tell her things that I thought maybe Fr John would of said if he was with us ."She asked me(do you think I should even visit or write to him in prison? After what he has done to his mother?)I told her we are not here to judge people .It is true the act he did was evil ,and it most likely had been going on for some time. Perhaps when and if she writes she could send him literature on  how to become a better person and encourage him to speak with the Chaplin at the prison. I also gave her Fr John's phone number and told her if her daughter or herself need to talk to someone that Fr John was a good listener.
*seems as if  there are so many people in this day and age affected by evil things around them. Families are  being torn apart . Friends abandoning friends. Neighbors no longer being neighborly. We must as a whole make an effort to do what God would want .No matter how tempted we might be to follow the devils path. We must repent for our sins and reach out to others in troubled times. We must not turn our backs on those who are struggling with their daily lives. Sometimes just 1 person reaching out to another can make a world of difference .It could bring them hope, it could show them they are not alone, it could let them know that someone cares. It could even save a life.
I remember yrs ago when I was a candy striper(volunteer in a hospital)a young girl came in she was crying and acting hysterical. I found out later she had taken an over dose of pills but her little sister had walked in on her and saw her swallowing bottles of pills .And asked her not to leave her because she would be alone. The  girl then called the ambulance herself and was brought in to have her stomach pumped and to go up to the floor for counseling .I hate to think what would of happened if her sister had not walked in on her . The little sister would of been not only alone but probably always wondered why she wanted to take her own life. What can make someone so sad that they want to kill themselves and leave their loved ones behind. I will never understand.Because often the following day things can change for the better. And from that moment on I realized 1 person can make all the difference in the world for another.