Dear Anne, About 15 years ago, my boys went on a class hiking trip and the trail ran alongside a creek. As ten-year-old boys are inclined to do, some “accidentally” waded in the water as they searched for critters or competed to see whose rock would make the biggest splash. It was probably about this… Continue reading Tales From a Recovering Control Freak
Dear Anne, I admit I didn’t quite know what to make of the praise singing that started last weekend’s Blessed is She retreat. Being from Virginia and living in Philadelphia, I’m nothing if not traditional and I’d never experienced hymns (much less contemporary worship songs) outside of a church. But what a retreat weekend… Continue reading Blessed is She–Beloved and Chosen
Dear Susan, Not to get too Forrest Gump on you, but it occurred to me the other day that Confession is like coffee. It is usually something you are not crazy about as a child but come to love, appreciate, and need as an adult. Absolution can give you a caffeine-like rush that can… Continue reading A Craving for Confession?
This post is part of the Catholic Women’s Blogger Network Blog Hop. Check it out! Dear Anne, The seeds of this blog were sown more than thirty years ago, at the University of Virginia. Soon after I joined Alpha Phi, you and I became an inseparable pair. You were the yin to my yang, the… Continue reading Why We Blog–Friendship, Faith and a Few Laughs
Dear Susan, Hate may be too strong a word. I can’t say that I truly hate anyone. However, I definitely have issues. The minute I heard the following exchange in the 1987 movie Barfly, a semi-autobiographical film about the life of street poet/writer Charles Bukowski, I thought “Yes! That’s it!”: Wanda: I can’t stand people,… Continue reading The Praying for People You Hate Project
Dear Anne, After he examined my incision, asked a few questions and applied fresh bandages and tape, my doctor pulled out his pen and began to write on the dressings. I was one week post foot surgery (he removed bone spurs and put artificial cartilage in my big toe joint—I now have a bionic toe!) and… Continue reading Have a Toe-tally Positive Lent!
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