Hummer at Work

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It was mid-morning and the sun had finally dissolved the fog from the cool damp night. I saw that some of the leaves still glistened with dampness. Making the bed I pulled the white and periwinkle quilt up and over the pillows and glanced out the upstairs window. The blue Rose-of-Sharon grows just below. Moving about [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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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 [Read More...]

A Walk through the Garden

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We’ve had a lot of rain in the past 24 hours…not much to see in the gardens but a lot of leaf debris. The storms last nights were intense! Lightening strikes and strong winds broke a lot of trees. My Jonagold apple tree took a beating…the canopy collapsed under the storm (kind of hard to [Read More...]

Quote, 8/27, Equus Passage

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A sweet little prayer, this comes from the Roman Breviary.  It is one of those shooter-prayers that I carry in my heart and offer for those encountered throughout my day…and God knows, you may have been one of them. I hope you’ll memorize it, too, and pray it often.   May it please you Oh [Read More...]

Everyday Products You’ve Been Using Wrong

This is a fun post by Gabby Noone over at Buzz Feed! I am a bit suspicious about how sanitary the spoon would be in #3. Never knew about the Chinese take-out containers. And built in coasters?! Here are just of few of my favorites: 1. You’ve probably been ignoring this feature. View this image › [Read More...]

Cardinal at My Window

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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 [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

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Mother of our Redeemer, in this era dedicated to you, with great joy we call you blessed. You believed in the Word of God the father and declared yourself His handmaid, and so, through you, the Word  became flesh, and dwelt among us. We salute you as Mother, our Mother,  the Mother of the Church. [Read More...]

A Walk through the Garden

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The tomatoes are ripening, the corn is coming in, and bushels of cucumbers stay cool in the shade. The season of abundance has begun…and even the finches take part.         [Read more...]

Quote, Equus Passage 8/20

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These past two weeks have been filled with joy, and some powerful sufferings. In the past three days alone I have come to know of a friend facing infertility, another’s crippling physical pain, and a woman with emotional challenges so deep that I fear for  her soul. We all face suffering–physical,  emotional, or spiritual. It is always [Read More...]

Please Return Me to My Cell

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The Catholic Writers Guild conference last week was a huge success. This was our fifth year and we have doubled in attendance. My job at the conferences was volunteer coordinator. This year was particularly challenging: I had put my back out days before, then three volunteers quit due to family emergencies or illness. I had [Read More...]