Ever go to some cultural event — something that you’re not really a part of regionally / ethnically / religiously but you think *wow* I just enjoy this so much through the people who do/live it?
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
The pure wonderfulness that is how people see this earth, how it is to be understood…all our different flavors of how we see things now and what forevermore is all about…
One of my favorite holidays of the year is one I don’t even personally celebrate (it’s not part of my religion) but one I love seeing other people take part in: Saint Joseph’s Day. These pics are from a couple of years ago, when we visited three or four different altars:
Which leads us today to, of all things, Saint Lucy’s eyes. And Saint Lucy’s eye pies. Recently in the Times-Pic, Judy Walker asked about the custom of including St. Lucy pies in St. Joseph Day altars (Saint Lucy being the Saint of vision). A reader wrote in, explaining:
“Vision Past: Eye on the past, members of the family that are in heaven, with photographs on the altar to be seen.
“Vision Present: Eye on those present to keep the family traditions alive and well, with pictures of the family today.
“Vision Future: Eye on the future, so they keep a eye on their grandchildren and great- grandchildren.”
Saint Joseph’s Day is March 19 each year. I hope all of you who celebrate Easter enjoy a meaningful, hopeful, happy holiday.