Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Nicholas


  And if you live in the Watkins’ home, you know your stocking will be filled with treats and small gifts. I’ve written before about this family tradition that my Belgian grandparents brought over with…

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Happy Feast of St. Andrew – From the treasure chest that is our Faith


  Our faith, traditions and history is a bottomless treasure chest and I never want to burden you with any expectation of  extra stuff to do in your busy life; especially now (check my post…

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Advent is on its way


  While we may hope Advent is a remarkable, spiritual journey, Advent can sometimes fill us with more anxiety because it just so happens to fall right before Christmas; how bothersome. And we know how…

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Happy Thanksgiving from our families to yours!


  And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for…

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Mary’s Presentation at the Temple – What can it mean for us?


Quite honestly, I cannot image leaving any of my children as depicted above. According to our tradition, Mary was left at the temple at the age of 5 or 6 (5 or 6!!). How can…

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Time and Fr. Mike Schmitz from Ascension Presents (are you familiar with him?)


  I suggest you make his acquaintance. Here’s my newest favorite: Living the Present Moment, which turned out to be more powerful than I expected. You see, I am trying to stop wasting time on the…

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Happy Feast of All Souls – Head to your nearest cemetery!


I have written several times of my love and devotion to the Holy Souls of Purgatory so it will come as no surprise that I want you to head to your nearest cemetery and take…

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You do know that it’s never to late to get started, don’t you?


Take inspiration from the workers in the vineyard – Matthew 20:1-16 – when the landowner went out not once, not twice but FIVE times to gather workers for the vineyard. He sought out workers throughout…

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Have you had your mind blown recently?


“Mind blown” with the prerequisite hand motions exploding from your head is something you have probably seen or even done. We know what it means; a light bulb moment. Something we thought we knew is…

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Did you forget something? Do you need to be reminded?


More than once my kids have asked, “Mom, why do we repeat the gospels and readings at church? Why do we hear the same stories, again and again?” My kids are not asking this with…

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