Category Archives: Catholic life

The Edible Journey: Ethiopia

They definitely saved the best for last. Our final stop on the Catholic Relief Services rice-bowl journey was to Ethiopia where we were to sample “Injera with Atkilt Wat,” or cabbage and crepes. I wasn’t hopeful. Cabbage and crepes? And … Continue reading

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A stranger’s gift

Today I prayed for someone I’ve never met. I’m almost certain she’s no longer living, but I don’t know whether she died young or old. I picture her old, maybe older than my grandmother would be, which means she was … Continue reading

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The weekend–still special

Despite the fact that I’m retired, the weekend is still a special part of my week. You might think that since I no longer punch a time clock, each day is pretty much like any other, always with the option … Continue reading

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The Pen

This is a story about a church pew, long-lost friends, and a pen. Carl shared my St. Joseph School years in the red brick, eight-grade schoolhouse that was part of our Catholic parish. Together we marched over to church for … Continue reading

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Yogurt–don’t just add fruit

If  you like yogurt, raise your hands. Now raise your hands if you like yogurt without added fruit and sweetener. Ah huh, that’s what I thought. So you can imagine that I was less than enthused when I took a … Continue reading

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Beans & rice–do I have to?

We’re off to Nicaragua for lunch this Friday, I told George, and he shook his head. “Not me,” he said. “I have to go to Green Bay.” I knew I was on my own. It’s week two of Lent, and … Continue reading

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Absolutely nothing

My butt is going to take on the shape of this chair, I told George a few minutes ago. He laughed, but couldn’t criticize, because his butt’s in danger of the same fate. We promised ourselves after Mass today that … Continue reading

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Advent and apple crisp

I sat in church today, paid the Lord a short visit, and smelled apple crisp. The combination was the best lectio divina I’ve had in a while. When your church is connected to an elementary school, good smells from the … Continue reading

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