By Mary Sayad

    October 2007

    Convenient or inconvenient, love it or hate it, unless you invest in disposable apparel, laundry is part of your regular routine. Popular, stylish and energy saving are the front loading laundry washing machines, yes? If you own one, you'll understand my life changing experience regarding wet laundry.

    Now Now if you're anything like me, you've used a top loading washer for most of your life. Up to this point, I owned a top loading washer and believed they were the best because they were always recommended and served you for many years. I had one washer that lasted me over twenty five years and never needed repair. One day with a washer filled with water and wet laundry, it decided it had completed its purpose and called it quits dead smack without a warning! Needless to say, I had my work cut out for me that day.

    We purchased a new front loading washer and dryer and were now up-to-date with the latest major appliance technology. I was satisfied with the new washer.

    It was quiet, efficient and the results were surprisingly good. However, when it completed its wash cycle, pulling the laundry out from the washer the first time was quite an unexpected challenge. Trying to unload the washer and then load the dryer was cartoon comical. I couldn't simply pull out one piece of laundry at a time without also mysteriously pulling connected strings of attached laundry. Tenacious and unrelenting, defiant wet laundry from the washer stayed connected resembling colorful strings of spaghetti without the tomato sauce. It was both comical and annoying because it was an effort to separate the laundry while other pieces fell to the floor. Bending to pick up the fallen pieces became an exercise that was not part of my agenda. I finally surrendered the tug of war, grabbed whatever my hands could hold and with frustration, brusquely served them to the dryer, entwined like spaghetti before rinsing in a colander.

    While grumbling, I thought to myself I understand string cheese and spaghetti, but give me a break do I need to deal with spaghetti laundry? Surly this is not an earth shaking experience, but honestly folks, was the spaghetti laundry the problem or did my shattered expectations of our new age technology lead to this mindless state?

    Folks, I'm not going to bore you with my usual spiritual lectures, scriptural quotes and inspirations. This time, I invite you to search in the depths of your hearts for the meaning of this wacky spaghetti laundry tale.

    What are the connected, hidden elements that bring thoughts, wills and emotions together to form peace, harmony and spiritual strength?

    How do you achieve greatness not according to the world?

    What is the connected summit and source of our faith that adds considerable truth, meaning and hope?

    What's in your spaghetti?

    "The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God……and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary."

    Please continue to pray for world peace, our military and their families.

    Your companion in prayer, Mary