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Sunday, March 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Here comes everybody

At Ash Wednesday services we sit in reflective quiet. 

 Well, almost.

Our developmentally-challenged parishioners break the cadence of our liturgical rhythm with little screeches of joy, melodic squeals, a few beats after the hymn has ended.

 No matter. The priest pauses to hear their prayers, too. In this moment I learn that I must make room for everyone – the ill, the suffering, the different-from-me pilgrims. 

 And so begins our common journey through the season of Lent.

Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.