One needs not be Catholic to pray for Pope

Well, color me surprised! I went home at noon to get a sandwich; what I got was a ringside seat at a historical moment. I don't need 24-hour news, and I think our world and our society in particular would be better off without the endless repetition. We talk too much anyway. But I'd flipped […]

Where does the white goes when the snow melts?

Ah, we're snowed in today, and I love it! I am a snow man, no doubt about it. Not the abominable kind, I hope. Just the very ordinary kind. ("Snow person" might have been clearer, but that would be dangerously close to the politically correct ravaging and neutering of the English language evidenced by such […]

Taking time to rest genuine act of faith

News flash: SABBATH-BREAKING HAS NOT BEEN DOWNGRADED TO A MISDEMEANOR. Oh, for years most of us have heard amateur theologians and Bible "pseudo-scholars" asserting with the kind of loud confidence always reserved for the most seriously mistaken, that, of the Ten Big Commandments, we could certainly forget about #4. After all, the "old Law" that […]

Our page – Feb. 13

Maestas Manuel E. Maestas turned 3 on Jan. 3. He is the son of Joey Haas and Jessica Maestas of Tucumcari. He has two sisters, Destiny and Faith. His grandparents are Marcy and (the late) Manny Maestas, Theresa and Steve Brown; of Tucumcari, and Jim and Cheryl Haas of Odessa. He and his little sister […]

Some thoughts on Valentine’s Day and love

Uh oh. It seems that the date for this column should probably indicate its content. Rats! If the whole thing reads like it was written by a Valentine's Day grinch, I should just plead guilty. It's almost certainly good for husbands like me to have a deadline that calls for something on the order of […]

Christ’s unfailing love is still his gift whenever we fail

The Apostle Peter was about to foul up. And not just a little. Any Christian with an ounce of spiritual sensitivity knows that we all "deny" Christ whenever we choose for self and not for God, hurt others, live selfishly, make poor choices, commit sin, etc. We all have, and we all do. In some […]

Student of the month: Kassie Lamm

Kassie Lamm, 17, has been named Student of the Month for January. She is the daughter of Bob and Jodie Lamm and is a junior at Tucumcari High School. Lamm has been active in FCCLA, FFA, Student Council, and the National Honor Society. She volunteers with the Saint Anne's Catechism program and is active in […]

The most important guest at any wedding is …

I was thinking recently about a long-ago wedding — the one Jesus attended at Cana of Galilee, the same one in which he became the winemaker for the feast. And that reminded me of another wedding or two. I'm told that when my maternal grandparents decided to get married, they hitched a horse to the […]

God will always lead us to success

Setting up housekeeping is no easy task. But the task on the other end of the journey is harder. Ask anyone who has buried their last parent or whose parents have had to move into a care facility. Sifting through three-quarters of a century's worth of accumulated mounds of paper, pictures, trinkets, and family treasures […]

If everybody had a father like I had a father …

I was bumping up toward my own birthday last week (Jan. 11) when I was reminded that Jan. 9 was the 13th anniversary of my father's death. And then our youngest brother reminded his three brothers, including me, that Tuesday, would have been our dad's 100th birthday! With that in mind, I offer these words […]