Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Oh Lord,

Teach me to seek You and reveal yourself to me when I seek You.

For I cannot seek You unless You first teach me, nor find You unless You first reveal yourself to me.

Let me seek You in longing, and long for You in seeking.

Let me find You in love, and love You in finding.

~Saint Ambrose of Milan

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Name: Erin Yonke

Location: Aurora, IL

Info: I'm happily married to my husband and champion pro-life activist, Matt. I stay home with my three small boys; Ambrose (11/06), Peter (3/08), and Joseph (9/10).

Saturday, February 27, 2010

On Bright Sadness.

Recently, someone mentioned to me how they were fervently searching for reading and study material for a group of women who wanted to find ways to make Easter a tangible holiday for their families.

And it got me thinking about how I was aware of that as a kid--Easter was always celebrated, but there certainly wasn't the same kind of anticipation for it as there was for Christmas. Or even birthdays, really. And I also realized how nearly impossible it is to feel that way now--now that we have Lent.

Lent is what makes Easter real.

But it has to be embraced, and that takes hard work, I'm learning. It takes a real stripping of self--a nakedness, a childlikeness, to really grasp the deep sadness, and yet still see the bright light that shines through it. Symbolically, we must be naked to follow a naked Christ.

Honestly, I don't really know what else to write about tonight. My body and soul are aching for the comforts of a feast, it's been a long day and the evening has left me headachey and weary. Lord, have mercy.

Blessings, all.

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Anonymous Matt Yonke said ... (February 27, 2010 7:08 PM) : 

In case anyone's wondering, Great Lent: Journey to Pascha by Fr. Alexander Schmemann is the best book I've ever read to understand and prepare for Lent.

It's written from the perspective of Eastern Christianity and as such focuses on things specific to our Eastern liturgies and ways of observing Lent, but his thoughts on the meaning of fasting are easily among the most insightful I've ever read.


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