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What A Wonderful Easter!

I think that this Easter weekend has been the best Easter that I can ever remember. Now I don't often write hubs specifically on religion but I decided to today since its Easter. I would like to share with you a few things. First off, I am a Catholic. I was born and raised Catholic my whole life and have explored many other religions, but have always come back to my roots.

Easter is the celebration in the church for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who we believe died for our sins. Since this is the core of our belief as Catholics, I am very happy to celebrate this. The main purpose in me writing this hub, however, is not so much to discuss strict religious practices, but rather share my personal enjoyment of this year in particular.

My Wife Cuts Her Cake!

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The Table SettingMe, My Wife, and My Beautiful Mother In LawDinner Time!After the Church Service
The Table Setting
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Me, My Wife, and My Beautiful Mother In Law
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Dinner Time!
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After the Church Service
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As many of my followers know I am a very happily married man. My wife and I got married about 2 1/2 years ago and I became the proud stepfather of three wonderful teenagers. My wife is Southeast Asian as she is from Cambodia, and her lifetime religious experience was pretty much restricted to Buddhism. My family absolutely loves and adores my wife. She truly is a wonderful and loving person. She gets along very well with my mother and my two sisters and everybody enjoys her company.

After spending some time with my family at the beginning of our relationship, my wife was intrigued by the idea of Catholicism. She asked my mother a lot of questions and began attending church services on a regular basis. After meeting with the priest at our church, my wife decided she wanted to join the R.C.I.A. program (The Right of Christian Initiation for Adults) which prepared her to be able to make her sacraments in the church. After she is confirmed we will be able to have a sacramental marriage recognized by the church.

After about a year and a half in the program, my wife was Baptized, Confirmed, and made her First Communion during the Easter Vigil Mass last night. I am very proud of her. In fact, I purposely chose this topic when writing my 50th Hub Page. My children were baptized. Last year, but they made their first Communion last night as well. I am very proud and happy for all of them and their decision to become Christians.

Spring is in the air and Easter is a wonderful time of year to feel a sense of rebirth. Birds are chirping, flowers are growing, the trees are starting to look like trees again! This is a great opportunity for me to focus on our future. I enjoy attending mass each weekend with my family. As you can imagine, it's not always easy with teenagers. They don't always want to go to church and sometimes they get a little bit bored. I try to constantly remind them, however, that God obviously called them personally, which I truly believe.

My wife was raised during the Khmer Rouge, a horrible time in Cambodia when 2/5 of the population was murdered by a communist regime. She and her family were lucky to survive and to be able to come over to the United States when she was about 12 years old. Who would imagine that two people from totally opposite sides of the world would come together and share in such a beautiful relationship with each other, with our families, and now even in faith!

We spent the day at my mother's house and enjoyed all the great food that mom made! My mother hosts many of our family celebrations and we have a large family. At any given holiday there are at least 30 people who come. We always have a great time. I am a very lucky man to have such a wonderful wife and family. I thank God everyday for all the gifts He has given me and I look forward to praising Him in the future with my family. I hope all those out there who celebrate Easter enjoyed this holiday with friends and family.

Catholic Prayers

© 2011 JS Matthew

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a wonderful story. You are all truly blessed to have each other -- and now God in your lives! Congratulations to your wife and children. May you have many Happy Easters together.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Truckstop Sally, thank you for your kind words! Thank you for your blessings! I appreciate it a lot!

JSMatthew~


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I praise God with you for all of His blessings to you. What a wonderful story you and your wife have of God protecting her and bringing her through that awful time, and then together. I'm sure she could relate sobering events that would be eye-opening warnings to people who do not appreciate our country's foundational values.

As she comes to know God's Word better it is exciting to think that she will see more of His hand at work to preserve her and draw her to Himself. I praise God for your joy and I pray that she will come to a full, rich knowledge or Jesus, the Christ, as she studies His Word. Here is a poem for her from one of my favorite authors, rather, authoress. :)

A Joy to Thee

Let me see Thy face, Lord Jesus,

Caring not for aught beside;

Let me hear Thy voice, Lord Jesus,

Till my soul is satisfied.

Let me walk with Thee, Lord Jesus;

Let me walk in step with Thee.

Let me talk with Thee, Lord Jesus;

Let Thy words be clear to me.

Heavenly music, strength and sweetness,

Joy of joys art Thou to me;

O Beloved, my Lord Jesus,

Let me be a joy to Thee.

by Amy Carmichael


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for the comment and blessings RTalloni! May God bless you, too! I am very lucky indeed. I will share this comment with her. That was a beautiful poem by Amy Carmichael. Thank you for sharing.

JSMatthew~


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

You're indeed a very blessed man. I am truly happy for you. =)


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you cheerfulnuts!

JSMatthew~

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