An interesting article about the need for symbols, and how the human spirit will seek them out no matter how hard we try to deny the Spirit of God.
It's a good read as we reflect on this day of days, Groundhog Day. Which has become a replacement for what was once a very important day on the Christian calendar: Candlemas, or more precisely the Feast of the Presentation, as well as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Once upon a time, the calendar of the Christian West and the calendar of the Church were more or less one and the same. I'm not being starry-eyed about the past and I'm the first to say there were obviously problems with that close relationship. Sometimes, however, I think Christians allowed the problems to guide us into the wrong solutions.
One of those wrong solutions was to continually concede the high ground to Godlessness and secularism as those two waged constant war on the Gospel. The results of which can easily be seen by a quick glance at our modern age.
I'm not saying where Groundhogs are, there Christ cannot be. Or that silly old traditions are incompatible with Christian Truth (since there was a time when such folklore lived side by side the world of the Church's making). But let's face it, how many people are discussing rodents today, and how many are discussing Christ? Score one for the world.