Wrestling With A Friend

On the night after the morning we call Easter, the disciples of Jesus were holed up in fear. Magdalene and her friends insisted he was still alive, but the disciples knew that was impossible. They had seen him arrested, and beaten. John had watched him die. Now, every footstep on the cobblestone they imagined to … Continue reading Wrestling With A Friend

Something’s Happened

Something’s happened, that’s for sure.Something so mysterious, so wonderful, so impossible that words fail to describe it. We went to bed in mourning and wake up—well, not quite rejoicing, but anticipating, our stomachs all a-flutter. The earth is stirring below spring’s soft surface. The trees are budding, the crocuses and irises are in bloom. The … Continue reading Something’s Happened

It is Finished, But Not Over

More than half a century ago, there was a fifteen-year old prisoner in the Nazi death camp at Buna. The guards had discovered a cache of arms belonging to a Dutchman at the camp. The Dutchman was promptly shipped to Auschwitz, but his young servant was left to face the guards. The little servant, like … Continue reading It is Finished, But Not Over

A Sweet Perfume- For Holy Week

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and … Continue reading A Sweet Perfume- For Holy Week

¡Sí, Se Puede!

In my study, along with dozens of family photos, there is my personal favorite. It was taken somewhere around World War I, but I don't know the date exact date. In it, there stands a dashingly handsome Italian man, his muscles bulging from his undershirt, one arm around a pretty and petite bella regaza. They … Continue reading ¡Sí, Se Puede!

The Department of Pervert Security

When I see a story with a by-line that reads, “Polk County, Florida,” it catches my eye. Having spent most of my life there, I was a bit startled to see the (in)famous Polk County Sheriff’s Office at the center of a story that includes a sexual pervert, the war on terror and the internet. … Continue reading The Department of Pervert Security