Dear Susan, Did you know that some people, i.e., my husband, think that aliens played a big role in the spread of Christianity? Ted’s version of the faith includes influences from his childhood viewing of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and his proximity to NASA in his formative years. Sadly, when you missed the Our Lady… Continue reading Theology by Ted: A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe
Dear Anne, On our first night in Spain, in the village of La Seu D’Urgell high in the Pyrenees, hubby and I stumbled upon a local festival (where those devil robes would have come in handy, but that’s another post) and managed to sit next to one of the few English speakers in town. Over… Continue reading Living Life–The Pilgrim Way
Dear Susan, What a long, strange trip it’s been. As I write, it is Day 18 of the Great Summer Road Trip. I was actually home for a few hours to drop off kids and pick up a case of wine (fair trade?) but I don’t think that counts. That was just re-fueling. We were… Continue reading It Is Good That We Are Here: The Transfiguring Power of the Road Trip
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
Dear Anne, Well, it happened again. The Holy Land brought me to tears when I least expected it. After last year’s pilgrimage, I was prepared to be knocked on my heels by the big moments. Waiting to go down the ancient steps in the Church of the Nativity to the very spot of Jesus’ birth,… Continue reading Crying Where Jesus Walked. Again.
Dear Anne, Greetings from the center of the world! I know Times Square tries to claim that title, but I think it’s Jerusalem. Here I am, about to head off on another pilgrimage, savoring the sights and sounds and feel of this exotic, even mysterious, city. There is an energy to Jerusalem, especially in the Old City,… Continue reading From Jerusalem, The Center of the World