Dear Susan, “Oh no, dear Lord, not again.” My husband has walked into our bedroom at an inconvenient time. Colin Firth, in his dripping wet shirt, is heading towards Pemberly and Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When we first married, Ted had never heard of Pride and Prejudice. Now… Continue reading Truths Universally Acknowledged – Jane Austen’s Prayers and Prejudices
Dear Susan, I think if God loves me at least as much as I love our dogs, I am in good shape. As you know, we gave our female yellow lab mix the name Scout, thinking it was a nice, sturdy, unisex name for our son’s dog. What we got instead was a canine Gwyneth… Continue reading Beloved … and Chews On: What Our Rescue Dog Taught Us About God’s Love
There are lots of things to love about being Catholic–the Eucharist, the holy traditions and the sheer beauty of her buildings and ceremonies. But one thing that I really love about my Catholic faith is that it often makes me chuckle. While the Church was birthed by Christ, it was men, with all their… Continue reading From Sour-Faced Saints, Deliver Us! Why the Church Makes Me Smile.
Dear Anne, Pentecost is my favorite Catholic feast day. Not an obvious choice, perhaps, what with Christmas and Easter in there taking up all the attention. Yes, Christmas is wonderful, with the decorations and presents and overblown expectations (did I say that?) but you know who does all that shopping and decorating, right? I’m always… Continue reading Pentecost–The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
Dear Susan, The words “Reach out and touch faith” pound through the speakers. No, it is not a new Christian station. My daughter has discovered First Wave, a primarily ‘80s station on satellite radio. Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus was released in 1989, so it still makes the cut-off. In the front seat, I realize my… Continue reading Your Own Personal (Grumpy) Jesus
Dear Susan, Three things never fail at the beginning of March in Texas: the Rodeo begins, it will probably be one of the worst weather weeks of the year, and it is almost always the beginning of Lent. At a time when we are supposed to be showing restraint, living penitently and focusing on Jesus,… Continue reading Lent’s Get Ready to Rodeo
Dear Anne, My doctor looked over at me and said those three little words I’d been aching to hear from him. “You can drive.” After three and a half weeks of (almost) house arrest, I was free. I learned a few things during all that time on my couch. For example, did you know that with… Continue reading Alone Again, Naturally