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Happy Easter from Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Happy Easter to my Catholic and Christian friends! I wish I could say it from Hill of Crosses, Lithuania, but I’m staying at home. I hope you’re practising the social distancing too 🙂

Hill of Crosses is a pilgrimage site in northern Lithuania. As you can see from my cover photo, there are hundreds of thousands of crosses, rosaries and other religious-related things on the hills (Wikipedia says there are 100,000 crosses in 2006).

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Expat Explore’s Northern Europe Tour 2017
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Lithuanians come to this place to pray for peace, their country and loved ones who passed away during the Freedom Struggles (Wars of Independence).

Up until today, nobody knows for sure since when visitors start leaving crosses on the hills. For some people, like my tour guide, she finds the place is a little bit chilling. For me, I find it unique and calming.

With lots of jobs and businesses at stake because of the pandemic, this year’s Easter teaches me to be humble and completely surrender to God. I’m grateful that I and my family are healthy, still have shelter and food to eat.

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I left my blue, rose-pattern rosary there

I don’t know what will happen to me in the next few weeks or months. So far I’m save but anything can happens…

I know I’m not the only one facing difficulties. And it’s something inevitable, something that I better roll with the punches than feeling sorry for myself.

This Easter also got me thinking… if I lose my job, perhaps it’s time for me to try something new while applying for a new one.

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Hill of Crosses Lithuania_agirlnamedclara
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Perhaps I have a hidden talent as a bartender? Or good at handling children (kindergarten teacher/au pair)? Or my cheerful nature makes me an excellent front desk officer in Bali?

In the world where some people associate their identity with their job, COVID19 shows us that as long as we honour our legal, honest job, what we’re doing for a living is meaningful.

Panis Angelicus (Bread of Angels) by St. Thomas Aquinas

Panis Angelicus fit panis hominum
Dat panis coelicus figuris terminum
O res mirabilis! Manducat Dominum
Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis
Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis

The angel’s bread becomes the bread of men
The heavenly bread ends all symbols
Oh, miraculous thing! The body of the Lord will nourish
The poor, poor, and humble servant
The poor, poor, and humble servant
(lyrics & translation from liveabout.com)

Happy Easter, everyone. We will survive!!!
With love from Hill of Crosses, Lithuania xxx

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