This Wild Ass One Thing

I choose not to believe in coincidence.
I see All of It as part of some


I don’t know what that
Thing is.

I do know it is there.

Today in line at the grocery store the man behind me was joyous.
I can not think of any other way to describe this man.

I noticed a large crucifix around his neck
A tattered sweater underneath.

His smile was luminous.

I asked,

“Are you ready for tomorrow?”

He beamed.

“Oh. Yes. I am. And you?”

“Yes,” I said. “Tomorrow begins it all.”

“It is remarkable is it not?” He said.

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday,
The first day of the Lenten Season.

“What is your name?” I asked

“Umberto Pablo Acciento, but you can call me Bert.”

We talked as we waited in line. We talked of Faith and the power of Redemption and of Love.

I told him about my Son who told me on the way to school today that he is looking forward to Lent. My sometimes Atheist, most times Agnostic, and occasionally Catholic, son is beginning to see the power held in our Lenten season.

As I was checking out, Bert handed me a package.

“I want you to have this. I have a larger one for your son, the seeker.”

I could not open it there, the line was long. Bert wrote his name on the envelope and listed his parish. As we said goodbye we hugged one another.

It seemed we were in the Mass;

“Peace be with you, and also with you…”

It seemed that we were in the presence of this other

That is one.

We were.

I opened the package in the car.

It is a simple and touching crucifix, at the center:
The Saint Benedict Medal.

With it a brochure with the history of the medal and of Saint Benedict

At the top of the medal in Latin it says



I choose not to believe in coincidence.
I choose to see

One. Wild. Ass. Thing.

Bert put his name on the envelope
And the parish he is with

Today in the grocery store
In the middle of the day
I was given a gift by a priest
Also standing in line



We need this now.
This Lenten Season I will focus on
Peace in our World
Peace in my life
Moment to moment
And peace for all of us entangled in this

I am grateful for all of it.
Sometimes I forget.

The Lenten Season is full of Connection.
The Lenten Season is full of Love.

The Lenten Season is Full.

Peace to all of you


May this season bring you clarity, hope, definition
Whatever it is you need to move closer to this One Thing we share…

May this season bring us all closer to Peace.



~ by Step On a Crack on March 5, 2014.

4 Responses to “This Wild Ass One Thing”

  1. This is astonishing. A good beginning to the Lenten Season. 🙂


  2. Damn Woman; you can write! I simply love your One Ass Wild Thing. LIFE IS WEIRD! It is good. People with nothing; smiling from ear to ear! THAT IS BEAUTIFUL. I will remember my sweet! LOVE MEL


  3. Reblogged this on iamnotshe and commented:
    I absolutely Love and Admire and Believe in this Woman. She can Write and She has Seen All. Love to you all: And peace.


  4. Just wonderful!


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