Battling the starkness of Lent is a challenge

Lent has got to be one of the most depressing times of the year. Everything is stark. The altar at the Catholic church I attend – Saint Paschal Baylon – is stripped. The large foliage behind the priest’s chair is gone. Instead, it’s off to one side of the church which seems to send the…

What do you treasure?

"So you use what you’ve got and you learn to make do. You take the old, you make it new." — “Jack of All Trades,” Bruce Springsteen                                                                        *** Think of something you own that would be worth $1 at a garage sale, but is priceless to you. For me, that object is an antique…