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  • I love old stuff. I find it fascinating.

    Last night I went into Philly to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are on exhibition at the Franklin Institute until Sunday. The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest parts of the Bible -- from the Old Testament. They were found in the 1940s in a cave near the Dead Sea and were so well preserved by the hot, dry climate and dark cave. But now that they have been taken out of their resting place, scholars are working on finding the best preservation method for the scrolls.

    I'm spiritual. I'm a practicing Catholic, so having the opportunity to see these artifacts struck me both spiritually and intellectually.

    I'm a cradle Catholic -- which is a label that means I was born into a Catholic family. I've gone to Catholic school for all but two years of my life -- kindergarten and freshman year of college. I learned a lot about the Bible in school.

    I'm not a fundamentalist in terms of reading the Bible. Last night, I got to see the tiny handwriting on some scrolls and how neat their handwriting looked. I couldn't read the Greek and the Hebrew, only the translations. Liking peering into someone's prayer journal, did they think their writings were important? Did they understand the power of their words as they wrote them? How could they?

    There were a lot of things that struck me last night, but what struck me the most was experiencing something so intimate, personal and close to my heart -- my faith -- in a historical, secular environment. So different from my Catholic education in grade school and high school (college wasn't the same story). But I saw their handwriting, and peered into their homes and felt the thread that strings us together.

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