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Good Vibrations: Saintly Advice for Dry Spells   

  Dear Susan, I knew my check-up had taken a strange turn when my doctor wrote down the name of a personal device on a prescription pad, while giving me a knowing look and assuring me, “It’s made in Denmark.” “Oh, Denmark,” I repeated, unsure of how we ended up on this particular topic. Maybe… Continue reading Good Vibrations: Saintly Advice for Dry Spells   

Catholic · pilgrimage

Driven to Distraction, Walking the Via Dolorosa

Dear Anne, When I talk about walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, in Jerusalem, what do you think of? A solemn procession through ancient stone pathways, prayerful and reflective? Well, you have the stone pathways and the prayer part right, but it’s not aways solemn and reflective. The Via Dolorosa isn’t some… Continue reading Driven to Distraction, Walking the Via Dolorosa

Faith · pilgrimage

From Jerusalem, The Center of the World

Dear Anne, Greetings from the center of the world! I know Times Square tries to claim that title, but I think it’s Jerusalem. Here I am, about to head off on another pilgrimage, savoring the sights and sounds and feel of this exotic, even mysterious, city.  There is an energy to Jerusalem, especially in the Old City,… Continue reading From Jerusalem, The Center of the World

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Lions and Tigers and …Charisms? Oh My!

Dear Susan, The cow was one of the worst gifts I ever got. In a departure from his usual Scrooge-like behavior, my boss at the time decided to give his staff Christmas gifts of little Cow Parade statuettes that depicted characters from the Wizard of Oz.  One of the assistants got a Glinda the Good… Continue reading Lions and Tigers and …Charisms? Oh My!

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Exercising The Fruits of The Holy Spirit.  And My Thighs, Too.  

Dear Anne, On a blustery December Saturday, I found myself in the Ukrainian American Hall in Philadelphia, in something akin to the yoga warrior pose, praying the rosary (and praying I didn’t fall over). No, I hadn’t stumbled into an ashram run by a band of 60’s throwback nuns, I was practicing SoulCore, a beautiful combination of exercise and… Continue reading Exercising The Fruits of The Holy Spirit.  And My Thighs, Too.