April 09, 2007

The true story of how the Easter Bunny became part of the Feastday

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's disgusting. I thought Fr. Toborowsky's site actually had a blog entry about the rabbit as a Catholic symbol. While the image you posted isn't offensive (and might actually be humorous) the photo at Old Fogeys goes beyond the bounds of decency. I am astonished you would link to such a thing.

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
St. Francis of Assisi

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Panda Rosa said...

I like this; it's a bit in keeping with Jonah, "in the belly of the fish".

7:51 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Fr. Toborowsky's post is not pleasing. I will remove the link to it.

However, without resorting to such an image, I would agree with a desire to remove the now secularized myths of the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus from the celebrations of Easter and Christmas.

My own post image was a symbol of "taking back" the peculiarly Christian nature of Easter.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for removing the link.

I don't see any harm in childhood myths; children thrive on a healthy fantasy life. When we outgrow the myths of childhood, the Holy Days remain. Ideally, I think it should be a process whereby, as our understanding of our faith increases, our childish celebrations are gradually replaced religious observance and awe of the sacred. For instance, the joy a child feels upon discovering an Easter basket is replaced and exceeded by the joy of receiving communion. I think this happens naturally as children mature, provided parents fulfill their obligation to teach and live the faith, especially active observation of advent and lent.

I do have a problem with the commercialization of holidays and our culture's rampant consumerism in general. At least adults don't give each other Easter baskets yet! The custom of adults giving one another Christmas gifts is ridiculous, or worse, buying gifts for themselves. The amount of money typically spent on children's Christmas gifts is downright sinful. People actually go into debt! And have you seen those toy drives for disadvantaged children? Not balls and jump ropes, but video games and perverted dolls. (How about some health care, folks?) We complain about young people's inflated sense of entitlement and poor work ethic, but we really have no one to blame but ourselves...

In any case, I don't believe a secularized myth can undermine a strong domestic church; it's just a matter of keeping things in perspective.

JMHO. Thanks again for removing the link.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...


I do complain that stores will acknowledge and use the words "Hannukah" and "Passover" when those Jewish holidays come around, but they will not acknowledge and use the words "Christmas" and "Easter".

However, as that post points out, it isn't the job of store to sell Christmas and Easter (THEIR version of Christmas and Easter). That is MY job.

If Christians fail to evangelize, and SINCE Christians are publicly known sinners and criminals, we should not complain if stores don't cooperate with our sacred holidays.

9:30 AM  

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