Things I Love Sundays: Easter

>> Sunday, April 8, 2012

If there's a Bad Catholic Award, it would have to be me.


Over the years, I've grown up to be in charge during Holy Week, in charge of my life, that is. Back in the day when I used to live with my parents, every Good Friday meant being at the church for solid couple of hours, lining up to touch Christ on the cross, pray and not smile all day.


The saga of no smiling, no TV {except Ten Commandments or some old movie}, no happy songs, no meat and nothing else continues to Black Saturday. Happiness resumes on Easter Sunday --- and well, everyone else, including the TV is back to regular programming.

Ever since I've started living on my own {that's a decade since}, I have decided upon myself that holy weeks are for not eating meat and resting a whole lot. I don't go to church anymore except Easter Sundays. Lately, I've been having epiphanies about what it means to be truly Christian. After all, when I wrote this entry, I had wanted to find out if being Catholic, Christian or simply faithful or religious was .. Ok, I didn't really know what I could find out.

Of course I still don't know now. But after three days of being at home and refraining from listening to quick, pop songs, I realized that while we stop our lives to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ for us, I don't want to do it so morosely. He died for us so we can live -- to me, it's a disservice to conduct life, however few days, that's sad. Sure, there's fasting, and that's not criminal, but here is where I might earn the ire of some family members, Catholic friends and the church: I want to stop being sad on Holy Week.

So I did not spend my Holy Week being sad. I stayed at home, played with my nieces and nephews, blogged a lot for the coming weeks {I'll be very busy since my parents will be home!}, prayed, read Bible passages, willed myself to come to eventually came to Walkway at BGC {which was BTW a lovely, interactive fun and simple way to understand the stations of the cross} and of course ended up watching series and movies I haven't seen, lounged in the pool with friends, chit chatted over the sorry crazy unidentifiable oh gee*insert adjective here* state of my love life and wrote some more. Jesus Christ died for me so I can celebrate my life, be of help to others {if that meant being a listening ear to someone} and make other people happy {not a universal belief, just mine}. I don't say drop everything and let's party on Holy Week. I don't know if that's too shallow but I hope that's okay that THAT is my way of being faithful. Or religious. Or anything.

Also, I'm not too sure how much I want to be worshiping statues and religious figures. If my lola ever read this, I'm sure I'd be disowned.Or maybe not :D

So yeah, I'm thankful for Easter. /End of talk about religion.

In other non-religion news, I finally saw my bestfriend after so many months of failed dates! :D

Grilled cheese rolls, cappuccino and my BFF at Mary Grace <3

I wore my Angelica dress from Plains and Prints too. LOL, this picture reminds me of our college days!

 Dimsum with Sophie <3

 Speaking of bumping into friends, guess who I bumped into while working:

It's Fran of Frannywanny.com! It was the Excellence Awards at work and Fran's mom was an awardee {have been so, for many years already} and here we are at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri La.
Photo from: Fran Ang

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And of course, Easter. The Lord has risen. It's legit to be happy.




What's making you smile today? 
Happy Easter!

xx

2 butterfly kisses:

Mhean aka MereMakeupManiac April 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM  

I can totally relate to how you used to spend your Holy Week. I used to be a Catholic, and my mom will tell me that we shouldn't be loud and celebrative because the Lord is dead on Holy Week before Easter Sunday. When I look at it now, that Catholic tradition is, like what you said, what the Lord wouldn't have wanted. He gave His life so we could live ours (1 John 4:9) in the fullest (John 10:10), if only to walk in His ways. (2 Corinthians 5:15) Besides, Jesus Christ is not dead - He has defeated it when He was resurrected on the third day after He was crucified. It is, however, good to remember on Good Friday why He has laid down His life for us, why He had to suffer a shameful and cruel death - so that today, we won't have to live a shameful and miserable life because of our sins. I commend you sis for doing good service to others but I want to share with you, first and foremost we must accept Jesus Christ personally in our lives and have Him as our Lord and Savior. By that I mean that we die to our old self and become a new creation in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:17) That is the only way to get saved and earn eternal life. (John 14:6, 1 Timothy 2:5) If we are the master of our own lives - do what we wish in our lives without putting Him first in everything - we are not His followers and so we cannot come to the Father because we do not follow Jesus. I've been there and the Lord needed to break me to show me I needed to listen to Him (like how a shepherd needs to break the front legs of a sheep who keeps going astray) if I want to have eternal life and not die from continuing in my sinfulness. I am more than happy to talk about His goodness sis, let me know if you wanna seek Him in His Words and I will share everything I can. Jesus didn't come to the world to give us religion but to have a relationship with us, in Spirit. By the way, I know that the Lord is pleased with you that you do not bow down to idols (Exodus 20:3, 1 Corinthians 10:14, John 4:24) - for He does not want us worshipping statues because He is omnipresent and we should only worship Him, for He is the only Living God whom all good things come from. (James 1:17)

Wow, you look stunning in your last picture - so poised and what finesse!

Have a happy, blessed and meaningful Easter to you! (^_^)

je April 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM  

I totally feel you, Tara! I feel so blessed having read your post... I mean, the realization coming from a great blogger like you... this made my morning. (I agree with Mhean, also) Enough with religiosity... God is changing our mindsets. After all, He is alive and risen! :)

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