Spices used in Garam Masala
Net week, the annual ‘March for Life’ or Pro-life rally will be held downtown. As a result, Catholics from all over the Americas along with other religious and non-religious will march to the Supreme Court. Yesterday, Bother Dunstan came for a visit bringing three of the marchers, Franciscans visiting the Benedictine Abbey.
Sister Elfreda of German origin (Wurttemberg), who lost a leg as a child, walked the El Camino in Spain where she saw a blinding light that called to become Catholic and join the Franciscan Order of Sisters and Brothers of the Poor (she had been Lutheran).
Jose, badly scarred from burns he received as a child and a Franciscan novitiate from the Dominican Republic spoke little English, thus said little, although the third Franciscan translated Jose’ story as he shared it…of his calling by Mary after a near death experience when he a 13, and his heart stopped.
I was enjoying their stories until the third man, a recently ordained priest who belongs to a monastery in LA, began to speak. I won’t relay much of what he shared, but I will say he scared the Bejeezes out of me with his fanatical words. I haven’t been around a “fire and brimstone” preacher in a long time. I certainly didn’t know there were Evangelicals in the Catholic church.
Kathy told me later that this tonsured young priest from Australia (originally Malta) belonged to a rather stringent arm of the Franciscans, not unlike Opus Dei. She said the best thing to do was laugh at them, but I had a hard time doing that as it brought back all those awful memories of my Dad who was also a bit fanatical when it came to his religion.
The three Franciscans had spent six days hitchhiking to Washington D. C., and had many experiences along the way with both Protestant and Catholic drivers. I said to David, can you imagine the string of traumatized drivers they left between Baton Rouge and Washington?
Lately, David and I have been watching or in my case re-watching The Jewel in the Crown, first broadcast on PBS in the 1980s. This story, about the lives of some of the people during the last days of the British Raj, is very powerful, and a wonderful program for history buffs. I became so entranced with the story the first time I saw it, I searched for and found The Raj Quartet in a used book store (it was out of print). A long time Indiaphile, I read the four books, as well as author Paul Scott’s biography.
Over the years, I have noticed actors Art Malic (Hari Kumar) and Susan Woolridge (Daphne Manners) in various programs, often mysteries from the BBC. But, never cast together again that I know, although they had enormous chemistry on screen.
Perhaps you won’t be surprised to discover I am fixing Garam Masala chicken for our big meal today.