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When Lent doesn’t go as expected
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To the editor:


February is generally known as the Month for Lovers. Just imagine when things go haywire. In the March 1935 issue of the national Scottish Rite magazine, Mac Henry Hill, a bank clerk of Smith Center, who belonged to the Scottish Rite in Topeka, announced that he had his ring stolen in a bank holdup on Feb. 1, 1935. He described the ring as being of the double-headed eagle type, size 6 and 1/2, containing a diamond weighing 1.62 carats.

I have a Scottish Rite ring but it is not that size, nor does it have a diamond. Nevertheless, I can certainly envision the heartbreak that Mr. Hill must have experienced nearly 90 years ago. Mr. Hill was also a past presiding officer of Lebanon Chapter #67 of Royal Arch Masons.

Having family in Great Bend, I have attended Catholic Mass there. Lent is a time for reflection and self-sacrifice. Let us pray that this Lent allows us to contemplate the valued people around us, as well as what is worthy of our attention. And, hopefully a month free from heartbreak or loss.

James A. Marples