Before Cloistering, Immersion

Before “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” became commonplace terms… Before closings and cancellations… Before the hoarding of toilet tissue, hand sanitizer, and water bottles… We had one last hurrah. You never know when the last time will be last, until you look back. It seems much longer than less than two weeks ago… To…

Giving up for Lent

When I was a child, I remember Lent as a time for “giving up,” which generally meant refraining from consuming something tangible like candy or soda. Since we didn’t have everyday access to such treats, giving them up was not much of a sacrifice. The forty days of Lenten preparation are like New Year’s resolutions…

Less Pluribus, More Unum

If you watch a construction project from start to finish, you learn that it’s easier to tear down than to build up. A bulldozer can make short work of knocking down a building, although the demolition phase is usually purposeful, not indiscriminate. Once the structure is leveled and piles of debris hauled away, it can take…