Tag Archive | Easter

What a Day! Easter and Baseball!

This past weekend was the holiest weekend for the Christian world. The emotion of the church covers the complete range of potential human emotions. 

Holy Thursday: Awe of what happens around you. Jesus washes your feet and serves you in a way that you don’t expect or believe you deserve. Then a sort of confusion sets in. Holy Thursday ends unusually. Instead of the usual final hymn and departure, we process out of the church chanting “Stay with Me; Remain here with Me; Watch and Pray”. At the BUCC, we organize a trip between the different churches in the Boston area that ends at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for Night Prayer with Cardinal Sean. It’s a wonderful trip, but it’s not in the usual prayer life of the Church. 

Good Friday: Sadness. Jesus Christ dies. This is the saddest day in the life of the Christian world. Read my post here to get my full take on Good Friday. 

Holy Saturday: Trepidation and odd silence. Jesus is in the tomb. He has descended into the underworld. He has important business to take care of. But it’s hard to see. There’s a great deal of quiet, as we are still mourning the death of our God. But there is hope. The Easter Vigil begins in quiet, the way the day itself does. It ends in light, and an explosion of happiness, joy, and utter peace because He is truly risen. 

Easter Sunday: Joy and Elation. He is Alive! He is truly risen! What have we to be sad or fearful of? We ought be joyful, happy, and riding high. 

The Easter Season has now begun. We in the BU Catholic Community will be joyful and happy for the duration of the season and beyond. I will be happy with God holding me. 

He also gave us a great gift, the return of baseball. I grew up watching and playing baseball as a kid, and I love the communal feeling that watching a game at a ballpark provides. With April beginning, the baseball season got underway last night, Easter Sunday night, with a game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. I love Wrigley Field. It’s a great ballpark, and a wonderful old time baseball atmosphere. I enjoyed it when I went over the summer, and the Cubs are a good team. Last night’s 3-0 loss is not indicative of how the season will unfold for the Cubs, in my opinion. I predicted on my radio show last calender year that the Cubs will win a World Series in the next 3 seasons. And they will play inspired baseball this year to honor the passing of the greatest Cub of all, Ernie Banks. Good luck to the Cubs this season. 

My team is the Boston Red Sox. They will look to rebound from a last place performance in the division to get to the playoffs after rebuilding the lineup and starting rotation. I’ll write a full prediction slate for the team after I see one game, opening day today in Philadelphia. It will be curious to see how the team manages the crowded outfield and works the starting rotation. I hope Koji gets healthy quickly! And I think we will at least finish above last place. I’m just excited to get to my favorite sports place in the world, Fenway Park

Hope springs eternal. Jesus is the ultimate source of all our hope, and our earthly joys, like baseball are supplements to His love. This baseball season will be awesome to watch, and the teams will play hard. They’re currently in a state of excitement for the start of the season. Life begins again for them in a way. Life begins again for the Christian as well, as Jesus saves us. With that in mind, thank you God, and go Red Sox!  


So what is this place anyway?

My post yesterday was my 200th post. That actually completed the 2nd run through of the 100 Happy Days Challenge I’ve done on this blog, even though I took a long hiatus in the middle of it for Lent. So with the end of the challenge I have to consider, what is this blog to me now? Well I want to keep writing on this page. I don’t want to write on my Curious Observations blog anymore, I’m just not happy at all with the way my material became so 1 track minded and so downright depressing at times. I’d rather keep using this one, where I’m actually pleased with enough of the material to keep writing on it. 

I created this blog a little over a year ago when a few friends posed the 100 Happy Days challenge to me. I liked the idea, so I jumped at the possibility, and I was pleased with the number of things I could talk about here. Political stuff, thoughts on God, my friendships, suits, sports, school, jobs, theatre, and whatever else I wanted to discuss. The challenge ended in the summer and I was in a fantastic place. I was happy with school, in a good relationship with both God and my girlfriend, with whom I did the challenge, and generally happy with my situation. A few months went by, and I kept blogging on my other blog about my adventures that summer, and when I got back to school in the fall, I had to stop blogging so I could focus on my semester. I had a tough fall semester. I didn’t do as well grades wise as I wanted, my girlfriend and I broke up, and my relationship with God got pretty strained. I felt as though I got lost on the road, so I decided to start blogging again and redo the 100 Happy Days Challenge here. I wasn’t quite as successful the 2nd time around. I still had a variety of things to discuss. I still some interesting topics to write about and great stories to share, but my writing didn’t get better and I felt stuck. I took a break for Lent near the end of my challenge, and completed the challenge only yesterday.

So where am I after the second run through of the challenge? Well not as good as the first time, but still pretty good. I’ve had an ok semester grades wise, a great semester with regards to my broadcasting work, an ok one with my relationship with God, and a non-existent one with several friends. I’ve not talked to my ex girlfriend in months and miss her dearly. I count her friendship as one of the best I’ve ever had and I miss just being able to laugh with and talk with her as a normal human being. I guess it was to be expected that I would have some points of awkward separation, but that doesn’t mean I have to enjoy it. I do want to see her and try to rebuild a regular friendship with her, which yes, I know that’s not an easy thing to do but I still want to. My relationship with God is better now than it was in the fall, thankfully. I’m still working to improve it, and still want to get closer to Him. But I’ll take the improvements I’ve had so far. I’ll have a better chance today to improve it. As I wrote yesterday, I don’t like Good Friday very much. However, as little as I like Good Friday, I absolutely love Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil. It is by far the most beautiful service we celebrate in the Catholic Church. So I’m excited for tonight and I’m sure I’ll get some graces tonight from God. 

Well that’s the story of this blog so far. Where does it go from here? Well I will keep writing on here and will use it as a regular blog. I’ll try writing the good things that happen in my life here. Hopefully people read what I write about here and use my stories to inspire themselves to better things. At least that’s my hope. My goal is to post at least 4 times a week from now on. If I have a week where I post something everyday, sweet! If not, well no harm no foul. As long as I get 4 a week, I’ll be happy. Let’s see where the road takes me going forward. If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, thank you so much for following it. I hope I give you more material to enjoy and learn from. God bless you all!

Music for the Triduum, the Holiest time of the Year!

I love this time of year. It is the holiest time of the year. There’s a sense of excitement for the Resurrection of Jesus and the salvation that only God can offer this world! This week always has the best church services of the year. They’re always so powerful and breathtakingly beautiful.

That’s where the picture for tonight comes in. It is my binder of music for Holy Week Masses. I’ve been singing in choirs since I was in middle school, but this will only the 3rd time I’ve ever sung at Holy Week events in a real choir. I sang at the BUCC Holy Week events last year and loved it. I look forward to singing in the events this semester!