God's Rainbow

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...]

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Speaking Engagements, 2015

I'll be presenting at a diocesan event, a couple of times at a retreat center, and for a garden group. If you're in the area, please consider attending and introduce yourself!Would you like me to come to your town? The list of topics I offer is found on my speakers page. Below is where you can find me over the next few months. Hope to see you there. July 22-24, Catholic Writers Guild ConferenceCatholic Marketing Network, Somerset, NJA Franciscan, a Dominican, and a Benedi … [Read More...]

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Gifts from Mother Mary, the Morning Rose

The Marian rose garden was completed a little over three weeks ago. With my arthritis, I thought the days of kneeling on soil were over.  The plan was to be prayerful and attentive to whatever lessons were presented along the way, but at times I fell into an ego centered and willful urgency to complete the garden quickly.At the beginning of May I blogged about starting a process that was filled with trepidation. Standing on the drive looking at the outlined garden I am overwhelmed. Part of m … [Read More...]

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Golden Splendour and a Collapsing Porch

Well, the porch broke.I had been trying to muddle along in my own way  for the past ten years with repairs. Things like using cement filler to fix the splits in the cement slab, caulking the windows, and using paint to fill cracks. You know, little stuff.While I was working on the Marian garden I noticed—and tried to ignore—the ever increasing crack in the porch floor. And then I couldn’t. The central section dropped nearly a half inch within a week. A glass block cracked, a storm window … [Read More...]

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Terminally Ill and Suffering, Let Us Pray for Our Priests

A dear friend and priest, Fr. Larry Delaney, passed away on the Feast of Corpus Christi.I would like to ask that we pray for all our priests who suffer with chronic pain, for our priests who are sick with terminal illnesses, for those trapped in a body fallen to coma, and for those in the end stages of life.Let us also pray for the priests, and all caretakers, who care for their ailing brother physically and spiritually, that those who serve the suffering have endurance during such … [Read More...]

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I Remain Catholic for the Love of a God I Hated

These days being asked why remain Catholic is more a challenge than a question. Friends and peers on Patheos Catholic Channel, over the past few weeks, have responded with personal stories of commitment rooted in the theology and beauty of our Church (here is a compilation of their amazing work). Their speed of thought and brilliance in writing is astounding!I’m a bit slower, and struggled in prayer to find words to fit the depth of my love for all our Church offers. My story for why I r … [Read More...]

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Ministering to Post-abortive Parents, Prayers for Sisters and Nuns

Holy Queen of Heaven, Mother of our Lord Jesus,We pray that you give strength and perseverance to our Sisters and Nuns as they continue their work for the dignity of life.We pray that your compassion infuses their hearts as they minister to post-abortive parents, and all those sorrowing who have in some way, by their actions or inactions, been involved in the abortion industry.We pray that our Sisters and Nuns find the words to encourage parents of unwanted babies, and guide and … [Read More...]

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The Holy Spirit is a Fearsome Guest

A few weeks ago we had a visiting priest who had been the associate at a neighboring parish. His homilies often sparked me to take notes, usually on the back of a bulletin during Mass. (Yes, I’ve become one of the little gray-haired ladies rummaging through her purse during the sermon, trying to find a pen.)Father’s homily on that Sunday was about the Holy Spirit, the Third Person—big emphasis on “Person”—indwelling in us. I was a bit unsure how I felt about the idea of someone, holy or not, … [Read More...]

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A Needed Darkness, Rain Moving In

Before sunrise the intense heat and humidity of the past few days was broken by the cooling air that preceded a storm.Gathering myself into the morning, while waiting for the coffee to brew, I opened all the windows. When I lifted the sash in the oratory, the breeze drew the sheers delicately against the screens and then, just as softly, floated them back and up into the room.I breathed deeply the fresh unconditioned air.The rain started with a drizzle. The thunder rumbled long and … [Read More...]

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Prayers for Missionary Sisters and Nuns

We pray to you Our Lord for all missionary Sisters and Nuns as they work to build communities of faith in many lands, especially in the African nations, that they may share the courage of the Ugandan martyrs--St. Charles Lwanga and companions (June 3 feastday). Give strength and courage to our Sisters and Nuns to preach the Gospel in steadfast fidelity to the commitment they had made in their vows. Protect them from harm and preserve their souls. We ask this in Jesus' name. … [Read More...]