Ashes to ashes

  From the end of December through the end of April is a busy time for a lot of Catholics. More Catholics will go to church more times in these four months than in an entire year.   You have no doubt heard the phrase C&E Catholics; reserved for those in the faith...

The Man and the Flood

Tell me if you heard this one before. It goes like this:   A terrible, contagious a deadly disease came to a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning ordering everyone in the town to stay at home unless leaving was essential and necessary.   A faithful...

Un Noël à trois (A Christmas of threes)

It’s called the “rule of threes”. In French, “règle de trois”. The principle that suggests things that come in threes are inherently “superior” or “ore prodigious” than any other collection or combination of numbers. Funnier. Sadder. Scarier. More exciting. More...

The first Thanksgiving. No, I mean the first Thanksgiving

By Richard Watkins   We all know the story. The Pilgrims came in 1620. Most of them died over the winter. The Native Americans showed up in the spring of 1621 and taught them a thing or two about farming. They had lots of corn by the fall. They shot some turkeys, had...

Voting by Virtue

The 2020 Presidential campaign season is coming to an end and soon it will be election day. A day that habitually causes angst for many Christians who are often left to grapple with their own moral imperatives versus the ethical facts and realities of the time. I say...

The birds and the bees…and God?

By Richard Watkins A few days ago, my son turned 13. Mazel Tov, my boy, Mazel Tov! In the Jewish tradition he would be considered a man. But we are not Jewish. So, the most he is considered by me is old enough to start using some of the power tools to make my life...