Which purple belongs to Lent?

Are there two types of purple used in church? And does it really matter which? This was a question that appeared during Advent on a Facebook post. … Read More

A mixture you could miss

If you cook at all, you often mix ingredients together to make something new. That could include eggs and milk, butter and honey, or even coffee and … Read More

How many Valentines are there?

While the celebration of valentines is called “Valentine’s Day” in the singular sense, it might just as well be called “Valentines’ Day” — as a plural. On … Read More

Maybe a bench or a chair or two

Do you have a favorite pew at church? A few years ago (Jan. 7, 2015), a writer from Pennsylvania complained to “Dear Abby” after being asked to … Read More

Armed for deadly assaults

Are you prepared for winter assaults? New Year’s arrived with a winter storm and Wisconsinites scrambled to once again learn the value of preparing for nature’s brutality. … Read More

What did Cana wine taste like?

Jesus turned water into wine. In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear John describe the first miracle of Jesus (Jn 2:1-11). Have you ever wondered what that wine … Read More

Adding ice to the waters of baptism

Did you take part in any Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1? Some members of the Russian Orthodox Church, both here and in Europe, will take part … Read More

Not just pretty stories

Here we are in the middle of Christmas — yes, it is still the Christmas season, even if the rest of the world has tossed out their … Read More

The other babies of the season

During the Christmas season, we naturally think of babies. The whole season is about the Nativity of the Lord, God coming to us as a little child … Read More

The first Christmas food

When you put out your Nativity scene, what do you see when you take up the crib?  The wooden boards of a manger? Straw? Swaddling clothes? Baby … Read More