August To-dos, Practical Gardening

Our warmest month in southern Michigan is usually August. The heat—though we seem to be short on that this year—combined with the shortening daylight hours pushes plants to maturity. Vegetables are coming on strong for the harvest, perennials are setting seed, trees and shrubs are hardening up for the winter to come. It’s that time of year, as busy as the spring, when your gardening to-do list starts to grow as fast as the zucchini!So…here is a list to help you keep on track of what to do in … [Read More...]


Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

O my God, pour forth upon your priests the spirit of sacrifice in its fullness. It is their glory as much as their duty to be victims, to consume themselves for souls, to often live without human joys, to often undergo mistrust, injustice and persecution.May they reflect upon what they say each day at the altar: "This is My Body; this is My Blood." May they reflect on it and apply it to themselves: "I am no longer myself, I am Jesus, and Jesus crucified. I am, like the bread and wine, a … [Read More...]

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ISIS, the Evil Simply Revealed

No matter how I tried to write about the horrors in the Middle East, words failed me.  Still do. Those who suffered martyrdom as Christians faced the hard truth of evil, and the simple truth of the immediacy of Heaven.This video speaks volumes for those of us who cannot find words.Let us continue our prayers for peace, and pray with those martyred and now sainted, that they join in our prayers for all who are suffering in the grips of evil, and for those perpetuating the p … [Read More...]


Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Dear Loving God our Father, Merciful Jesus our Brother, Holy Mother Mary, our world is in such turmoil. The sufferings of your children are great, their diseases of body, the persecutions that sicken the heart and soul, seem insurmountable. We pray to you that our missionary Sisters and Nuns do not succumb to the despair of the people so desperately in need of their strength. We pray they do not fall victim to the same diseases of body and fear in their hearts that surrounds them in their s … [Read More...]


Beet Red and Farm Life, Guest Post from Michelle Dawn Jones

A delightful story from Michelle Dawn Jones, a mother and farmer in Canada.I love beets. Pickled or plain they please me. I like the greens too. My husband professes a dislike for beet greens, a fact which I can’t quite get my head around. This winter, sing the bags upon bags of beet greens in the freezer, we shall find our way to his stomach by so many circuitous routes that when we are gone he will miss us. I smile knowing at some point he will read this and think himself forewarned. D … [Read More...]


Sun Damaged Skin and Cancer, Practical Gardening

I'm just as guilty as the next gardener about forgetting, or avoiding, sunscreen. Consider this video a PSA.It sure gave me a wake-up call!  … [Read More...]


Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be … [Read More...]


A Way for the Weak and Sinful, Excerpt from Connie Rossini’s New Book

God gives us the grace of failure to teach us to rely only on him alone. Therese experienced this with her over-sensitive nature. She also had another experience of failure. When the Virgin of the Smile cured her of her illness in 1883, Therese made up her mind to keep the miracle a secret. Only she, God, and the Blessed Virgin would know it. She felt that all the joy of the cure would disappear with the revelation of it. But Marie guessed that something extraordinary had happened, and Therese … [Read More...]


Revealing of One’s True Self

Self awareness from a pretty bird: Earlier in the spring I was blessed with two nests of cardinals in my yard. Cardinals are very territorial birds but for some reason these two families shared the space congenially. The two nests of fledglings gave way to a small flock darting about the Locust tree and flowering shrubs.One late-summer morning a flash of red streaked close to the upstairs window. My prayers sputtered to a stop as my morning gaze was suddenly altered from a distant sky to … [Read More...]


Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Christ is the spouse and crowning glory of Sisters and Nuns. Let us praise him with joy in our voices and pray to him with sincerity in our hearts: Jesus, crown of holy women, hear us.Christ, the holy women loved you as their one true spouse, grant that nothing may separate Sisters and Nuns from your love. Jesus, crown of holy women, hear us.You crowned Mary, your mother, queen of virgins, through her intercession, let Sisters and Nuns continually serve you with pure hearts. Jesus, crown … [Read More...]