Monthly Archives: December 2020

William Hawkins, 1609-1699, and Margaret Harwood Hawkins, 1612-1687: Early Settlers of the English Colony of Rhode Island

William and Margaret Harwood Hawkins were among the first English settlers of Rhode Island. William, by trade a glove-maker, was a native of Exeter, England, born in 1609; his parents were William Hawkins and Katharine Gonson. William, Jr, sailed from … Continue reading

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And shepherds were tending their sheep at night and behold . . .

The grinding movement of time toward the end was slow and steady, one day following another, night falling expectantly, darkness ruling the land until the hues of dawn foretold the beginning of a new day like all the others. The … Continue reading

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Behold, A Virgin Shall Conceive

People throughout the ancient Mediterranean believed that the divine spoke to humans through dreams. Such was the experience of the young woman, which brought images so vivid, a conversation so easily recalled, that the sights and sounds etched on the … Continue reading

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The Story of the Wise Men

The world was in need of a savior; then a star appeared, an astral phenomenon seen in the east.             Those who witnessed the rising star on the endless desert horizon were seeking signs of the will of heaven, the … Continue reading

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Reflections on Psalm 1

Happy is the person who does not walk in the way of sinners. . . . Happiness comes from acting according to God’s will. This simple truth is so obvious and necessary, it should so drive all human actions and … Continue reading

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