And Now, if You Would, a Moment of Silence…

And Now, if You Would, a Moment of Silence… St. Mark’s Corner   I have mentioned before that my elementary school principal was Mr. Krieg. And how, during our Christmas pageants, he would sing a beautiful rendition of Silent Night interchanging verses in both...

Thanks For Forgiving

Thanks For Forgiving St. Mark’s Corner – By Richard Watkins For those who really don’t know me, behind the affable, genial, jovial, happy-go-lucky, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah exterior I often project, lies a jaded, cynical, pessimistic, sarcastic, and bitter heart and...

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...