Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for our needs. We pray for them in their needs. We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of Your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, anointed them, filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive, and to feed us with Your Body and Blood. Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We … [Read More...]

Image from the movie Vision: From the life of Hildegard von Bingen by Margarethe von Trotta

The Threat of a Listener

I'm catching on to why its so unsettling to be in the presence of chatty elderly women. Its because I like to do and there is nothing to be done beyond my presence. In my discomfort I default to what is most familiar, silence, and listening.Here is the problem. When you're dealing with someone who is a good listener, they wait.  A good listener doesn't try to alter what it is you're thinking, or bring their personal bias into your words. It is in their waiting that you have to keep goin … [Read More...]


Buy a Nun a Book on Sept. 17

My usual Tuesday's Prayer for Sisters and Nuns is being preempted by this International Holiday! The iBenedictine sisters have shared the news. What a fun way to delight the women who bring us such joy! It will soon be here, International Buy a Nun a Book Day, on 17 September, the feast of St Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church and Benedictine polymath. The idea behind the day is simple. Nuns and Sisters (especially missionaries) often don’t have the opportunity to choose a book for t … [Read More...]

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Storing Tender Bulbs, Practical Gardening

Each year I would plant a few tender bulbs for their summer blooms or dramatic leaves. They are a wonderful addition to the home garden.The term tender bulb refers to bulbs, corms, tubers, and rhizomes that will be winter killed by our Zone 5 winters. These tender bulbs need to be removed from the ground before winter sets in. A few of the more commonly grown tender bulbs are Canna, Tuberous Begonia, Gladiolus, Caladium, Belladonna Lilies, Elephant Ears, and Crocosmia.Most tender bulbs … [Read More...]


Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Eternal Father, Please bless our priests, who represent you on this earth.  Make them more greatly aware of the grace that you pour out through them when they minister the sacraments, and help them to fall more deeply in love with you through every Mass that they celebrate. Please strengthen our priests, who shepherd your flock, when they are in doubt of their calling, that they may be examples of faith in your truth and guide us always on the path to you. We ask these things of you in Jesus n … [Read More...]

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Short at One End Coming to Christ

I’m still trying to find my place as a pray-er among the residents at the women’s care facility. As an introvert and hermit, and with what little social skills I possess, the challenge is large.I had been given a list of names of the women who are Catholic and ambled to each room to introduce myself. Awkwardly I'd pause to greet those in the corridors and sitting areas.In the first room, the woman sat on the side of her bed, a wheeled oxygen tank between her knees and tubes under her nos … [Read More...]


Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Let us pray for our future Sisters and Nuns that they, like the Blessed Virgin Mary, will trust in their own annunciation of being called to a religious profession.That they will not fear what they do not know, will bear in holy confidence whatever befalls, and that they bring into our world the Light of Christ brought forth through Mary. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.   … [Read More...]

Zucchini Blossom

Cuke Frog and Snapping Dragons

Just some pictures from the gardens...                                        … [Read More...]


Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Lord Jesus, once you called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men. Continue to let resound today your sweet invitation: "Come and follow Me." Grant to young men the grace of responding promptly to your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work. Give perseverance to our seminarians and to all those who are fulfilling the ideal of a life of total consecration to your service. Enkindle in our communities a missionary zeal. Send, Lord, … [Read More...]

wilted sunflower

Wilting in the Bright Light of Annie’s Need

Exiting my car at the women’s care facility, I saw there were plastic grocery bags sitting atop a picnic table, in the shady end of the lot. Within them were dozens of perennials that had been dug from someone’s garden. The bags were crumpled, the cardboard boxes were warped, and the plants they contained were wilted; the soil dried. I looked around the grounds for evidence of a new garden, but nowhere was there fresh turned soil, waiting to be planted.It was a kind and thoughtful gesture of … [Read More...]