Dear Susan, “Is helium flammable?” Thoughts of the Hindenburg leap to mind, but a quick Google search tells me that the zeppelin used hydrogen and that helium is not flammable. Still, these are probably not the words you want to hear as you are dropping your little darlings off for a day of spiritual growth… Continue reading Acting Like A Child: Adult Lessons From My Kids’ Vacation Bible School
Dear Anne, “They have no more wine.” I was glad to read that Pope Francis finds Mary’s words at the wedding in Cana as distressing as I do–no wine on a Friday night is trauma enough for me, much less at a wedding. “But imagine finishing a wedding party drinking tea — it would… Continue reading A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White . . . Or the Wedding Bell Blues?
Dear Susan, I know you remember my story about when my mother was working U2 surveillance in the CIA’s guided missile program during the Cold War. She was often the only female in her department. Every night, one person would stay late to put confidential documents in the Burn Bag for destruction. When it was… Continue reading Smells and Belles: Examining Catholic Women’s Roles in the Church
Dear Anne, What could possibly be better than being Catholic? Why, being an American Catholic, of course! In the spirit of Independence Day, I offer you some, ahem, “important” moments in Catholic American history. 1649: The Maryland Toleration Act is passed. Contrary to popular belief, this act mandated religious freedom for Catholics in the colony, not… Continue reading And With Your Spirit–of ’76