humor · Lenten practices · Rosary

Your Own Personal (Grumpy) Jesus

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

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!