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Sacred Marketing, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

Let us pray in gratitude for all the Sisters and Nuns who, through the long days at the Catholic Marketing Network trade show, in all their preparation to attend, for tirelessly working to promote the Word of God, shared the hope that is Jesus. May the Good Lord continue to bless them and all sisters of faith in their efforts to write, to produce, to create, to market, and to distribute their sacred work. Amen … [Read More...]

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Blessing their Labors, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Jesus, Eternal Priest, look down with love upon your priests. Fill them with burning zeal for the conversion of sinners. Keep them within the shelter of your Sacred Heart. Keep unstained their anointed hands which daily touch your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips purpled with your precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts sealed with the sublime marks of your glorious Priesthood. Let your holy love protect them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, a … [Read More...]

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St. Mary Magdalene, Prayers for Sisters and Nuns

In anticipation of her feast day, let us pray:St. Mary Magdalene,Hear our prayers and carry them to our beloved Lord. We pray for our Sisters and Nuns who seek Jesus as you had sought him, in a world determined to destroy the Christ.Guide them as a community of women to follow in your steps, and share the Good News with the ignorant and those mired and lost in sin. Strengthen them in prayer, console them in struggle, bring them peace in their final hour.We ask all this of you in … [Read More...]

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Storms Brewing

I'm on the road!Yesterday the car was loaded by noon and I headed into town to have my tires checked and then made my way to Adoration for a few words with our Lord before hitting the highways.My hope was to thread between storms on my way to Indianapolis to meet up with Ann Margaret Lewis to prepare materials for the for the Catholic Writers Guild Live conference.The storms in Michigan had ended just before noon and if all went well I wouldnt drive through any in route to Ann's -- … [Read More...]


Saint Bonaventure, Doctor Our Holy Men; Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

St. Bonaventure, feast day July 15, taught the faith to many holy men. Let us ask for his intercession for today's Catholic Church leaders.Father, be with the leaders of your flock in their needs today.  Help your Bishops and priests to interpret the Gospel message with clarity and urgency, witnessing in their own lives to the teaching and example of Christ. Fortify and encourage those among them who are fearful and confused; be truly a Father to those who have fallen away. Bless those who a … [Read More...]

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Sod of Love Spared from Eden

I stooped at the waist to pull a few weeds. A twinge in my back caused me to stagger a bit so I lowered to kneeling and moved closer the flowers—a familiar intimacy.The rose next to me was Tuscany, a maroon heirloom rose, its richly perfumed center was fluffy with gold pollen. The base of the dark velvety petals were tipped with white where the keel connected to the calyx. It gave the illusion of light radiating from its center. ‘Tuscany Superb’ is a polite shrub rose that remains relatively … [Read More...]

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Ministering and Missions in the USA, Prayers for Sisters and Nuns

Almighty and eternal God, in your unfailing love you provide ministers for your Church. We pray for those whom you call to serve the Church as Sisters and Nuns in the United States. Inspire in them a generous response to those who would deny You. Grant them courage and vision to serve your people in our country that has become a mission field. May their lives and service call your people to respond to the presence of your Spirit among us that, faithful to the Gospel and hope of Jesus the Christ, … [Read More...]

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Love and Detachment, Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

My God, I pray for all your priests and beseech you to sanctify them. Let them love their sacrifice deeply so that they may live it lovingly. I beg you, grant them obedience, a spirit of detachment, a chastity which is constant and true, a spirit of self-denial, humility, sweetness, zeal and dedication. I beg you that all those who may approach them may leave them with a greater love for you. My God, I pray that through them your kingdom on earth may grow and be strengthened. O Jesus, I promise w … [Read More...]

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Natural Order: Even the Birds Know What to Defend

I finished praying Compline as the sun was setting, displaying a glorious coral and periwinkle sky. My heart was still troubled from the anger unleashed by the decision to allow gay couples legal union. Both sides, homosexuals and people of the cross, were spitting and hissing; the battle was decided and the war still raged.The ugliness had driven me off-line. I ached as I prayed for the souls of the losers, for all had lost—gay and Christian alike. The personal decision to choose where a p … [Read More...]

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Challenged to Proclaim the Word, 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...]