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Tales From a Recovering Control Freak

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

Catholic · conflict · Lenten practices

The Praying for People You Hate Project

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

Catholic · Lenten practices

Have a Toe-tally Positive Lent!

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!

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