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A Merry 2017 Christmas To You — Anura Guruge.

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Happy Purim 2016 — One Jewish Holiday Where One Can Safely Say ‘Happy’.

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“The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus” and the story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther.

Given that I am a bit slow on the uptake, despite efforts by a number of good Jews, I have never been able to keep the Jewish holidays straight and always worry that I might use the wrong appellation, in particular ‘happy’, when sending a Jewish person a greeting on a Jewish holidays. In the same I know NOT to wish any thinking Christians ‘Happy Good Friday’ — ‘Happy’, as it relates to Easter, only applicable on Sunday. But wish Purim, I gather, though I could still be wrong, that the correct and appropriate greeting is indeed Happy Purim. So Happy Purim.

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Dies Natalis Solis Invicti & Christmas 2015 Greetings To You All From I.

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Christmas is a DOUBLE whammy for I.

I have celebrated Christmas, with gusto (and lots of presents),
ALL my life — my surrogate father
(a HUGE influence in my life)
was a ‘white’ Baptist lawyer (with no kids).
I made out like a bandit.

As the few of you who know me somewhat
kind of know I celebrate any and all
holidays with relish (and maybe even mustard).

But, I LOVE Christmas — MORE so since I have had kids.

So I wish you BOTH a Pagan greeting
and a Merry Christmas.

IF you don’t celebrate either,

New Year is a LONG way away.

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Br. César J. Tobón’s Inspired Christmas Greeting For 2015 With Pope Francis Homily From 2014.

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Click to ENLARGE. Translations below.

Br. César J. Tobón, of Mexico, is ANOTHER of my valued Internet friends.
In 2014 he sent me this wonderful graphic ahead of the February 2014 consistory.
That was how we ‘met’. Then in 2015 he repeated the kind gesture for the February consistory.

Br. César J. Tobón has had the privilege of holding the Missal
for Pope Benedict XVI (#266) at a Papal Mass. q.v. below.

Here is the translation of the Pope Francis, December 24, 2014
homily quoted at the top of the greeting.

“How do we welcome the tenderness of God? Do I allow myself to be taken up by God, to be embraced by him, or do I prevent him from drawing close? “But I am searching for the Lord” – we could respond. Nevertheless, what is most important is not seeking him, but rather allowing him to seek me, find me and caress me with tenderness. The question put to us simply by the Infant’s presence is: do I allow God to love me?”

Click here for the entire original from the Vatican.

The words after that are “Best Wishes and Blessings” to his family, follow students, friend etc.

Br. César J. Tobón holding the Missal for Pope Benedict XVI.

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Easter Sunday Sunrise Service At Cotton Mountain Church, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire — Secluded Mountain Top.

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>> Easter 2014 at the Guruge place.
>> Second Best Ever Easter Joke.
>> Best Ever Easter Joke.
>> 2015 Easter Cakes from Kapruka.

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Wikipedia Entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access entry.

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Use link below to access original.

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Though I have spent a lot of time in and around delightful Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, the oldest Summer resort in the U.S. (and the nth home of ‘Mittens‘), I had not until last night heard of this quaint, only open 4 times a year, Church on a mountain top — Cotton Mountain Church. It is tucked away and it is not on the beaten track so to speak. I walk the delectable Cotton Valley Trail habitually but this church, despite its name, is nowhere close to the trail.

I will visit it soon, with my camera. No I will not make the Sunrise Service. It is close to 1am on Easter and I am still writing this.

I am glad I heard about this Church. I gather you can drive up to it. I think I am going to walk.

Happy Easter 2015.

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