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Where I’m At

Where I’m At

When I was growing up in Phoenix, every Good Friday during Lent between noon and 3 PM, my mom would turn off the television or any music we had playing so we could spend some quiet time in prayer.  We couldn’t play, or swim, or basically have any kind of kid fun during those hours. Me and my siblings always complained, of course.  “We’re bored,” we would say. “What are we supposed to do?” “Think about Jesus hanging on the cross,” she would reply matter of factly. “And go outside and pull weeds.  Or rake the...
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The Smudge Stands for Sacrifice OR A Ref

Today is Ash Wednesday or “The day Catholics walk around with a black smudge on their foreheads and either feel totally cool about it or slightly embarrassed depending on your age, your locale, your current faith status and a host of other things.”   Ash Wednesday is also the beginning of that thing called Lent, a 40-day period of preparation for Catholics as we head toward Easter – the holy day that trumps all holy days. I’m not gonna dive into my level of comfort with the black smudge and how it has evolved over the years but I do feel the...