Easter Rising

I feel like I don’t know where to begin with this one.  It’s our Easter post after successfully meeting the Lent 2012 Challenge.  I had sausage pizza and soda today, wine with dinner, and a lot to think about since Mass yesterday.  The homily was about how we can either choose to find the Risen Christ, or we can keep looking at the tomb, keep saying, “They’ve taken Him and I don’t know where they’ve put Him.”  We can believe in transformative living, or we can believe that nothing will ever change, especially not that which inside of ourselves seems dead. 

I’ve been trying to practice searching for Him instead of staring at the empty tomb.  Instead of thinking that I’ll never have the time or energy or willpower to live the life I want to offer to Christ, I have been looking for new life–His life, hiding in the garden.  It’s not hard to find right now, in Spring.  He’s in the garden of the silly giggles of my youngest.  He’s in the garden of my husband’s determination to power through a day of work and a night of yet more work while battling a sore throat.  He’s in the garden of creativity that my older kids display when performing a well-rehearsed “Easter show” in our basement (it was mostly special effects–pretty awesome). He’s in the trees that bloom along the highway.  He’s in the Eucharist I can hide within myself as strive to carry it to others. 

I had better not be a tomb.  I had better be a garden. 

Speaking of people who are gardens and rise again in our own lives, my best friend from college shared with us her mom’s recipe for pineapple filling.  She gave this to us years ago, shortly before her mom was diagnosed with the brain tumor that eventually passed her from this life to the next.  This recipe has since become an Easter favorite.  Please enjoy it and remember to pray for those souls who are in God’s purifying care. 

Peg’s Pineapple Filling

12 slices of white bread
1 large can of crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 c butter (veganize with margarine)
1/2 c sugar
4 eggs

Coat a 9X11 baking pan with cooking spray, and preheat your oven to 350F (or you can cook this alongside your ham, as we usually do).  Cut bread into cubes.  In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients and fold in bread cubes.  Pour all into coated baking pan and bake at 350F for 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. 

Now that it’s the Easter Season, I am going to take a hiatus from blogging.  The Lent 2012 Challenge was great.  Now I am looking forward to some other projects.  First I have two First Eucharist dresses to sew by early May.  In the meanwhile, I have a large writing project I’m hoping to have completed by July 1, followed by another I’d like to have mailed to the publisher by November 1.  I’ll be back with more Meatless Fridays and Wednesday Desserts after Pentecost!


About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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